Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning in Game 3 of baseball’s AL Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The Baltimore Orioles advanced on to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) after sweeping the Detroit Tigers with a 2-1 win in Game Three of the AL Divisional Round series on Oct. 5 in Detroit. Baltimore won the best of five series, 3-0.
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) holds the baseball after Detroit Tigers’ Don Kelly is tagged out at second during the third inning in Game 3 of baseball’s AL Division Series Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Detroit. . (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris pitched perhaps his best game of the year, out-pitching the Tigers’ Cy Young award-winning pitcher David Price. Norris lasted into the seventh inning, giving upjust two hits and two walks, zero runs with six strikeouts.
Price was just as sharp, until the sixth inning when he surrendered a two-run homer to Orioles’ Nelson Cruz, giving up a 2-0 lead to the Birds.
Orioles relief pitcher Andrew Young took over for Norris in the seventh inning and kept Detroit scoreless into the ninth inning. Baltimore then sent their closer, Zack Britton into the game to finish the Tigers off. Britton gave up a RBI double in the ninth but eventually settled down to end the game and give Baltimore its first ALCS appearance since 1997.
Baltimore will face the winner of the Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels divisional round series in the next round. Kansas City currently leads L.A., 2-0, in the best of five series.
Game One of the ALCS is set for Oct. 10.