Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/1/13
If Justin Verlander really wants a wild-card spot into next month's Home Run Derby, he's going to have to fight off his own teammates. The Detroit Tigers homered four times in the fourth inning of Saturday's game in Baltimore, including a set of back-to-back-to-back homers, followed by a grand slam. Victor Martinez started the inning with a line drive over the right-field fence off Orioles starter Jason Hammel. Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila followed with homers to left to give Detroit a 4-1 lead. It was the first time the Tigers had hit back-to-back-to-back homers since June 24, 2001. Hammel's next pitch hit Detroit's Matt Tuiasosopo in the left shoulder -- just missing his head -- and he was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Avisail Garcia greeted T.J. McFarland with a single, and Omar Infante doubled to give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage. McFarland walked, meaning he had to face baseball's hottest hitter with the bases loaded and no one out. On a 3-2 pitch, Miguel Cabrera launched a fastball deep into the left-field stands for his 17th homer of the season. Cabrera is now hitting .373 with 65 RBIs on June 1 -- well ahead of his Triple Crown pace of last season. Cabrera is also on pace to challenge Hack Wilson's major-league record of 191 RBIs. As for Verlander, he probably didn't mind the competition for the Home Run Derby spot. He was Detroit's starter on Saturday, and got to take the mound for the bottom of the fourth with a 9-1 lead.
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