DETROIT – J.D. Martinez made the defensive play of the game, and Jose Iglesias hit the biggest home run.
Talk about a role reversal for these two Detroit All-Stars.
"A lot of weird stuff happened today," Martinez said.
The slugging Martinez made a terrific catch against the wall in right field, and the slick-fielding Iglesias hit a three-run homer to lead the Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. J.D. and Victor Martinez both went deep for Detroit as well.
It was the first meeting between these teams since Baltimore swept Detroit in last year's AL Division Series.
With the Tigers up 3-1 in the third, J.D. Martinez reached up to catch Chris Davis' drive when it looked like the ball might clear the wall in right.
"It was up in the air for a while. It gave me time to get to the wall and just time it up right," Martinez said. "You don't see me do that too many times. Really not my game, but hey, I'll take it."
In the fifth, he added a solo homer, his 26th of the year, moving into a tie for the AL lead with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Iglesias homered to left in the bottom of the fourth. It was the shortstop's second of the year and sixth of his career.
"That's why we have him — to hit homers," manager Brad Ausmus deadpanned.
When that comment was relayed to Iglesias, he played along.
"Yeah, he's right," Iglesias said. "You're never looking for one. You just try to put some quality at-bats, put a good swing consistency, and eventually it's going to happen."