By MICHAEL J. HAPPYFOXSportsDetroit.com
DETROIT -- As soon as he hit it, you knew it was gone.
The sound of bat-meets-ball resonating throughout Comerica Park said so.
So did where the ball eventually landed, in the seats down the right-field line, directly behind a Bell Tire advertisement plastered on a facade 400-plus feet away from home plate.
Prince Fielder's eighth-inning, two-run homer turned a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 Tigers victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a key weekend series in the American League wild-card race.
But that wasn't the only epic homer for a dialed-in Fielder, who during his final two at-bats of the night seemed to see the ball like a 10-year-old boy sees a mud puddle -- eyes wide open, target identified, SPLASH. Or in Fielder's case, SMACK.
In the bottom of the sixth, he smacked one over the shrubs in right-center field -- 462 feet, according to a press-box announcement -- to turn a 3-1 deficit into a tie game. It was just the fourth h...