By Andrew Johnson

Tigers 9, Orioles 8 – The Tigers jumped out to a big lead Thursday night, then their bullpen was able to preserve it for a series opening win.LSJ Logo incert

J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes both led the offense with three runs batted in.

Detroit stating pitcher Alfredo SimonEye on the D picked up his tenth win, allowing four runs on two hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

The Tigers will continue their four game series in Baltimore on Friday night.

Before the game, the Tigers traded pitcher David Price for three left-handed pitching prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays, including top prospect Daniel Norris, who will start for Detroit on Sunday.

The Tigers also traded closer Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league prospect JaCoby Jones.

Record: 50-52

Tied 3rd place in AL Central (11.5 games behind Kansas City)

3 games behind Minnesota for the last playoff spot.

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division Title: 73

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 64

Next Game: 7/31/2015 @ Baltimore Orioles  7:05 p.m. @ Camden Yards

Hitting Stats: J.D. Martinez 2 2B (18) 3 RBI (66), Jose Iglesias 2B (15), Rajai Davis 3B (8) 2 RBI (14), Yoenis Cespedes HR (18) 3 RBI (61), Ian Kinsler RBI (45)

Pitching Stats: Alfredo Simon W (10-6) 5.2 IP 2 H 4 R 4 ER 3BB 1 K, Alex Wilson 1.2 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K