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The Detroit Tigers and almost All Star pitcher Rick Porcello(W, 3.39ERA) beat the Kansas City Royals for the third consecutive night, by a score of 5-1.
Porcello had a very successful night on the mound, but it was definitely not without it’s little hiccups. Porcello twice gave up singles but was able to get out of the inning before any real trouble by way of the double play. In the second, he had runners on the corners with no one out after a pair of singles by Omar Infante and Billy Butler, but struck out Mike Moustakas and got Alcides Escobar to ground into a double play to end the scoring threat. Rick also got himself into trouble in the fifth inning, with Butler leading off with a double followed by a walk to Moustakas. Porcello then got both Escobar and Jarrod Dyson out, and then walked Nori Aoki to load the bases before striking out Lorenzo Cain to end the inning and the threat and leave the bases loaded. Porcello’s luck finally ran out in the bottom of the sixth, when after giving up back to back singles to Salvador Perez and Infante, Butler hit a sac fly to score Perez. Rick didn’t let any more Royals cross the plate though, getting Moustakas to fly out to center and strand Infante. Porcello finished his game in the seventh with a line of 7IP, 6R, 1R/ER, 3BB, 3K.
Joba Chamberlain pitched a flawless eighth inning and struck out one.
Al Alburquerque pitched a one-two-three ninth to clench the series for the Tigers.
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The Tigers’ offense was held relatively quiet for the second consecutive game, with nothing much brewing against Royals ace until the third inning when Austin Jackson hit a two out double and Kinsler knocked him in with a single. Alex Avila also knocked in an RBI in the fourth after a Torii Hunter triple.
The bats broke out in the top of the ninth with a solo home run off the bat of J.D. Martinez, and then a two run homer from Alex Avila to give the Tigers a four run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. It should also be noted that Don Kelly, who pinch ran for Nick Castellanos and scored on Avila’s homer, stole second base.
The Tigers take on the Royals in their final game before the All Star Break tomorrow at 2:10pm.