Restore the roar
Young racks up 15 total bases; Tigers push streak to threePosted: Tuesday May 06, 2003 10:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 06, 2003 11:52 PM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- On the most phenomenal night of his major league career, Dmitri Young did more than just go 5-for-5 with two homers, two triples and five RBIs.
He also passed up a chance to hit for the cycle, and fell tantalizingly close to matching a record that Ty Cobb has held for 78 years.
Young finished with 15 total bases, one short of the team record set by Cobb in 1925. What made Young's feat even more amazing is that he started the night hitting .190.
"It's bizarre. I cannot even fathom what went down tonight," he said. "By the time it soaks in, I have to be back out here."
The Tigers, riding a three-game winning streak for the first time since last August, will try Wednesday for their first three-game sweep on the road since May 1-3, 2001, at Texas.
Detroit (6-25) has won as many games in the past three days as it did from March 31-May 3.
"Three in a row," Young said. "I said this earlier: If I can hit, it will be a lot easier for us to win."
After the Orioles scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning to pull even, Young tripled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth after Bobby Higginson drew a one-out walk.
"Thank goodness for Dmitri," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
Young's five hits were a career high. He also singled, and would have hit for the cycle if he stopped at second on his ninth-inning hit off Buddy Groom (1-1).
"It crossed my mind, but since the game was close, my individual accomplishment took a back seat," Young said. "The run is the important thing."
By winning the opening two games of the three-game set, the Tigers are assured of winning their first series since Aug. 16-18, when they won two of three in Baltimore.
But Young put Detroit back on top, driving a 1-2 pitch to the gap in left-center.
"I left it over the plate too much, and that's all it takes when a guy's hot like that," said Groom, who allowed a run for the first time in 12 appearances this year.
Young, who got at least one hit off three different pitchers, added 39 points to his batting average.
"That was one of the best offensive performances I've ever seen," Trammell said.
Shane Halter hit the second inside-the-park homer in the 12-year history of Camden Yards for Detroit.
Gary Matthews Jr. homered for the Orioles, who have lost four of five.
After Young gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the second with his fourth home run, Detroit hit for the cycle in a three-run third.
Halter got things started with his second career inside-the-park homer, an opposite-field fly down the right-field line that eluded the diving Jay Gibbons and rolled to the wall. Halter slid into the plate well ahead of the throw.
Pat Hentgen then got two outs before Infante doubled, Higginson hit an RBI single and Young followed with a triple.
Young led off the fifth with a shot to right off Travis Driskill. Matthews hit a two-run drive in the Orioles' half after an RBI single by Geronimo Gil.
Singles by Infante, Higginson and Young made it 6-3 in the seventh.
Notes: Young is 10-for-20 with three homers and 11 RBIs against Baltimore this year. ... The Tigers have been outscored 34-15 in the eighth. ... Detroit's Matt Walbeck ended an 0-for-13 slump with a fourth-inning single that doubled his hit total for the season. ... Halter's other inside-the-park homer came on Aug. 10, 2001, against Kansas City. ... Matthews' homer snapped a 1-for-15 skid. ... Higginson got two hits, his fourth straight multihit game.