Detroit Tigers find some power in 3-0 win over Baltimore Orioles

Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase jogged around the bases in the fifth inning. He pointed to the sky before touching second base, and, on his way to third base, he finally got to use the bow-and-arrow celebration.

It had been a long time.

Haase hadn’t homered since Opening Day.

“I knew I hit it well, but I was surprised it only went out by a couple of inches,” Haase said. “Baseballs just haven’t been flying like they were in previous years.”

His second home run of the season helped the Tigers to a 3-0 victory Saturday in the second of three games against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park, though the bullpen shined brightest after starting pitcher Michael Pineda exited in the second inning.

“Incredible effort by the bullpen,” manager AJ Hinch said. “We need a lot of guys to be good to get through a game after you lose your starter like that. Each guy got in line. … In a close game, there’s no room for error. It was a really gutsy performance by the ‘pen. ”

Tigers 'Eric Haase, right, celebrates with Spencer Torkelson after hitting a solo home run off of Orioles' Bruce Zimmermann during the fifth inning in Detroit, Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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Detroit improved to 11-23 with consecutive wins.

In the second inning, Willi Castro scored Jonathan Schoop with a sacrifice fly to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. Schoop led off with a double, then advanced to third on a fielding error by Orioles left fielder Ryan McKenna.

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