Baltimore Orioles’ Alejandro De Aza (12) scores on a ball hit by Adam Jones as Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) waits for the throw in the eighth inning during Game 1 of baseball’s AL Division Series in Baltimore, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Baltimore Orioles turned up its offense with a late inning rally, scoring eight runs in the eighth inning alone as they routed the Detroit Tigers, 12-3, in the opening game of the American League divisional round of the MLB playoffs on Oct. 2 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.  Baltimore now leads the Tigers, 1-0, in the best-of-five series.

After leading Detroit by one run through the sixth inning, Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy smacked a single-run homer in the seventh inning, eventually sparking an 8-1 run in the eighth to help the Orioles run away with a lopsided victory.

Nelson Cruz

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) watches his two-run homer against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning during Game 1 of baseball’s AL Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore’s offense showed up big time against Detroit’s reigning Cy Young award-winning pitcher, Max Scherzer. Most baseball pundits were expecting Scherzer – perhaps the best pitcher in the American League – to give the Orioles a hard time. Instead, Scherzer gave up five earned runs, including two home runs, despite lasting on the mound into the eighth inning.

Orioles’ designated hitter Nelson Cruz preceded Hardy in the “yard party” with an early two-run home run hit in the first inning. Cruz led thegame with three runs batted in (RBI).

Five different batters had multiple hits for the Orioles, in addition to Cruz; outfielders Nick Markakis and Alejandro De Aza; first baseman Steve Pearce and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

Chris Tillman

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (30) throws in the first inning during game one of baseball’s AL Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman got the win, pitching a solid performance through five full innings before the bullpen took over. Tillman gave up just four hits, but did surrender two earned runs, both homers. Relief pitchers Andrew Miller, Darren O’ Day and Zack Britton each contributed out of the Orioles’ bullpen before Tommy Hunter closed out the game in the ninth inning.

Baltimore will host the Tigers in Game Two on Oct. 3 at Camden Yards. First pitch is scheduled for noon.