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Detroit completes first road sweep since 2001

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Tired of being ridiculed, the Detroit Tigers
are doing the only thing that can guarantee an end to their misery:
win.

Brandon Inge ended a monthlong funk with the first two-homer
game of his career, and the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4
Wednesday for their first road sweep since 2001.

Craig Monroe homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers, who
have won four straight following a 3-25 start. Detroit outscored
the Orioles 22-11 in its first series sweep in Baltimore since
September 1993.

"We felt confident, we really did. Did we think sweep? No,"
Monroe said. "Our first goal was to go out and win the series.
This just put a cherry on top."

The Tigers went 34-for-109 (.309) in the series, raising their
batting average from .195 to 207. Detroit has won more games in the
last four days than in the first 34 days of the season.

"I don't know how many more wins it will take for everyone to
stop being sarcastic about 'The Tigers win,'" Detroit manager Alan
Trammell said. "We're getting a lot of national publicity, a lot
of national press -- and not the way you'd like to have it."

Trammell has done his best to keep his players upbeat, and it
seems to have produced the desired results.

"Tram has done a good job of keeping us believing in this
team," Monroe said. "I don't know how's he's done it, but he did
it."

Inge, who entered with a .127 batting average, homered in his
first two at-bats against Omar Daal to send Detroit to its first
three-game sweep on the road since May 1-3, 2001, at Texas.

Inge worked with hitting Bruce Fields earlier in the week,
focusing primarily on the weight transfer to his front foot while
swinging.

"I didn't expect anything this soon. Usually when you make a
change it takes a while," Inge said.

Inge entered looking for his first homer run since July 15. He's
hitting .065 against right-handers and was 7-for-57 (.123) since
April 6, but he's hitting .147 now after his first multihit game
since July 15. Detroit starter Gary Knotts (1-3) allowed four runs
and six hits in five innings to earn his first AL win. He was 4-2
in two seasons with the Florida Marlins.

David Segui went 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk for the
Orioles, who have lost four straight to fall under .500 (16-17) for
the first time since April 26.

"Obviously, we're disappointed," Baltimore second baseman
Jerry Hairston said. "You never want to get swept by anybody,
whether it's the Yankees, Boston, Twins or Tigers. You knew those
guys weren't going to hit .180 all year, and unfortunately, they
got hot against us."

Daal (2-4) gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings. The
left-hander had allowed only one homer in 35 2-3 innings before
yielding two to Inge.

The Tigers went up 6-4 in the seventh when Rick Bauer issued a
bases-loaded walk to Monroe. It marked the fifth straight game that
Detroit has scored six runs, following a 27-game run in which the
Tigers reached six only twice.

Dean Palmer singled in a run off Jorge Julio in the ninth before
Monroe hit a two-run shot to give the Tigers a season-high nine
runs.

Segui put the Orioles up 1-0 with his first homer, but Detroit
took the lead for good in the second when Inge homered after a walk
to Shane Halter.

An RBI single by Monroe made it 3-1 in the third. Segui singled
and scored on a groundout by Jay Gibbons in the bottom half.

Inge homered again leading off the fourth. Former Oriole Gene
Kingsale followed with a double and scored on a single by Omar
Infante for a 5-2 lead.

Baltimore scored twice in the fifth when Jeff Conine drove in a
run with a groundout and Gibbons followed with a sacrifice fly.

Tigers DH Dmitri Young, coming off a 5-for-5 night in which he
amassed 15 bases, went 1-for-5.

Game notes
The Tigers optioned RHP Matt Anderson to Triple-A Toledo
after the game. Detroit will announce its corresponding move later
in the week. ... The Orioles will place C Brook Fordyce on
bereavement leave Thursday and purchase the contract of C Roberto
Machado from Triple-A Ottawa. Fordyce's father died Tuesday. ...
Bobby Higginson had his fifth straight multihit game for Detroit.
He also drew his team-high 19th walk. ... Palmer's hit ended a
2-for-31 skid.