Lakeland, Fla. — Right-hander Chris Tillman became the first Orioles starter to go more than five innings this spring on Thursday, allowing two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 6-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs off Tillman – a first-inning sacrifice fly and third-inning RBI single – but the Orioles' likely Opening Day starter retired the final eight hitters he faced before he was pulled after reaching his pitch count of 70 (45 strikes).
At one point, Tillman retired four of five hitters by strikeouts while facing one of the most dangerous lineups in the AL.
The Orioles took a 3-2 lead with a three-run fourth inning, two of those runs coming on Delmon Young's two-run triple. Young later scored on a Nolan Reimold sacrifice fly.
Orioles pitchers allowed three homers. Tommy Hunter gave up a pair of solo homers, a blast by Miguel Cabrera on the first pitch Hunter threw in the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes hit a homer off Hunter in the seventh.
After Orioles infielder Jayson Nix tied the game at 4 with a solo homer in the top of the eighth, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a mammoth two-run blast off right-hander Kevin Gausman well over the right field fence for the game winner.