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Porcello, Polanco power Tigers past Royals for series win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Porcello is comfortable now, all settled in after a shaky start to his big league career.

Porcello won his fifth straight start, Placido Polanco homered and drove in three runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the slumping Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Wednesday.

Porcello (6-3) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The 20-year-old rookie lost three of his first four starts. But in his last five, covering 30 innings, he's allowed five runs and struck out 20 while beating Minnesota, Cleveland, Oakland, Colorado and Kansas City. His ERA over the span is 1.50.

"He's been watching film, watching tape of the hitters," manager Jim Leyland said. "He does his homework. He wants to learn, and that's always a good sign."

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The right-hander is the first Detroit rookie to record five wins in May since at least 1954. He's the first Tigers pitcher with five wins in May since John Doherty in 1994.

"I just think I'm doing a better job of getting my breaking ball over for strikes and kind of giving hitters a different look that way, to keep them of my fastball a little bit," Porcello said. "I think that's the biggest thing so far. I'm just going to keep working on it and getting better."

Porcello said he is gaining confidence with each win.

"I've had a couple of starts now and I'm able to settle in a little better out there and focus. And all the jitters are kind of gone," he said. "I think I'm getting a little more comfortable with each start."

In taking two of three from the Royals, the Tigers lost only to Zack Greinke and increased their lead over KC in the AL Central to four games. The Royals, after a promising April and early May, have lost 13 of 18.

Bench coach John Gibbons managed the Royals while Trey Hillman served a one-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball for spitting in the face of umpire Paul Emmel on Monday.

"Porcello was very good," Gibbons said. "He's got that dominating sinking fastball. Sometimes, it is tough to do anything with that. He comes as advertised. He's a big arm out of high school, a young kid that got here fast. He's impressive."

Josh Anderson, the Tigers' leadoff hitter, had four hits. He singled in Ryan Raburn in the fifth before Polanco connected against Kyle Davies (2-4) to give Detroit a 5-2 lead.

Miguel Cabrera clubbed a towering home run off a 3-2 pitch from Davies leading off the second.

Davies gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, letting the leadoff batter reach every time he went to the mound. Three of the runs were unearned because of third baseman Mark Teahen's error in the three-run sixth.

Teahen had three hits, including his sixth homer, and Luis Hernandez singled in a run in the seventh for Kansas City.

David DeJesus tripled and scored on Billy Butler's single in the first to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead but Cabrera tied it with his 10th homer. Curtis Granderson singled after Cabrera's drive, advanced on a sacrifice and stole third. He scored on Raburn's two-out single to make it 2-1.

Notes

  • Polanco is hitting .333 at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Tigers play-by-play voice Dan Dickerson flew home to have surgery on his left leg. The veteran broadcaster hurt himself while jogging near the team hotel on Tuesday.
  • CF Coco Crisp, who left Tuesday's game with a sore shoulder, hopes to be back in the Royals' lineup by Friday.
  • Joakim Soria, KC's All-Star closer, threw 15 pitches in a simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday and said the sore shoulder that sent him to the 15-day DL felt fine.
 
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After posting just one win in four April starts, rookie Rick Porcello now has five wins in May.  (AP)
After posting just one win in four April starts, rookie Rick Porcello now has five wins in May. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Josh Anderson, LF5141000 .302
Placido Polanco, 2B5123001 .269
Magglio Ordonez, DH5010002 .263
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111001 .374
Curtis Granderson, CF2210200 .247
Brandon Inge, 3B4000002 .274
Gerald Laird, C3100000 .242
Ryan Raburn, RF4121011 .250
Adam Everett, SS3111011 .297
Totals35812722  
Batting
HR - Placido Polanco (1, Davies), Miguel Cabrera (10, Davies)
SH - Gerald Laird (1), Adam Everett (5)
RBI - Josh Anderson (10), Placido Polanco 3 (21), Miguel Cabrera (37), Ryan Raburn (11), Adam Everett (17)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (9), Ryan Raburn (8), Adam Everett (6)
SB - Josh Anderson (10, 2nd base off Davies/Buck), Curtis Granderson (7, 3rd base off Davies/Buck)
PK - Josh Anderson (1, Davies)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Everett-Polanco-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (W,6-3) 6422141 3.48
Bobby Seay 0.2111010 5.14
Joel Zumaya 1.1100110 3.07
Fernando Rodney 1200030 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 82-53, Bobby Seay 11-8, Joel Zumaya 19-12, Fernando Rodney 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-3, Joel Zumaya 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 22, Bobby Seay 3, Joel Zumaya 6, Fernando Rodney 5
Kansas City Royals
Mitch Maier, CF4000002 .293
David DeJesus, LF4120000 .244
Billy Butler, 1B4011001 .283
Jose Guillen, RF4000021 .288
Mike Jacobs, DH3000120 .257
Mark Teahen, 3B4231012 .274
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010001 .306
John Buck, C3000122 .226
Luis Hernandez, SS4011022 .200
Totals3438329  
Batting
3B - David DeJesus (4, Porcello)
HR - Mark Teahen (6, Porcello)
RBI - Billy Butler (21), Mark Teahen (17), Luis Hernandez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (7), Luis Hernandez (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Hernandez-Butler, Hernandez-Callaspo-Butler
E - Mark Teahen (3, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (L,2-4) 5.21085212 5.09
Horacio Ramirez0100000 7.36
Roman Colon 1.1100000 0.00
Kyle Farnsworth 1000010 3.71
Juan Cruz 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 91-55, Horacio Ramirez 2-1, Roman Colon 12-7, Kyle Farnsworth 14-8, Juan Cruz 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 8-6, Roman Colon 2-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 27, Horacio Ramirez 1, Roman Colon 5, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Juan Cruz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16568
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Angel Campos