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  • Associated Press Detroit DH Victor Martinez, right, is congratulated by J.D. Martinez after his two-run homer put the Tigers ahead in the fifth inning.

Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am

Detroit 6 Baltimore 5

Martinez's hot bat gives Tigers boost

NOAH TRISTER | Associated Press

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers could use more power from their designated hitter, and Victor Martinez is finally providing some.

Martinez hit a two-run homer off Dylan Bundy to put Detroit ahead in the fifth inning, and the Tigers went on to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. It was the second home run in three games for Martinez, who had gone deep only once previously this season.

After a sluggish start, Martinez is hitting .360 in May.

“A little more luck, finding holes. That's it,” he said. “You don't get paid just to put a good swing and hit the ball right at people, because at the end of the day, fans, everybody is going to say that you're struggling, but the reality is that you're hitting the ball good, right at people. That doesn't count. Everybody wants results, right?”

The Tigers will now be without Martinez for a little while. He's set to go on the paternity list today. Manager Brad Ausmus said Detroit would call up right-hander Buck Farmer.

Detroit took two of three from the Orioles. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run shot in the third, and the Tigers ended a streak of eight straight quality starts by Bundy (5-2) to begin the season. The Baltimore right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings.

Jordan Zimmermann (4-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, and three relievers finished for Detroit. Alex Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Seth Smith homered for the Orioles. Baltimore led 3-0 before J.D. Martinez tied it with his fifth home run in six games.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera sat out with a strained oblique, and Baltimore's Manny Machado was out with a sore finger.