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Tigers snap season-long five-game skid, beat Blue Jays

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers turned to a 20-year-old rookie to snap their worst slump of the season.

Thanks to Rick Porcello, they are back in control of the AL Central.

Porcello gave up two runs on four hits in six innings and the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"It was big for us to come out and put an end to that," said Porcello, who won't turn 21 until Dec. 27.

Porcello is 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA in nine starts since Aug. 1 as the Tigers have pulled away from Minnesota and Chicago in the division race.

"I didn't know how I would feel in this situation - I didn't even know that I would be here," he said. "But I feel great. I just want to keep improving, because I don't think I'm a finished product."

Porcello spent last season in Class A, but Tigers catcher Gerald Laird has no concerns about the Tigers relying on him in a pennant race.

"He's got that swagger, because he knows he belongs here," said Laird, who had two RBIs to help Detroit's cause. "He's just getting stronger - he's throwing 96 or 97 now."

Another rookie, Toronto's Ricky Romero, took the loss. Romero (12-8) also went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits.

"I thought he threw the ball pretty well - he's done a nice job this year for a rookie - and I don't think he's out of gas," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "He just had one bad inning today."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Laird's RBI single in the second, and added three more runs in the third. Placido Polanco led off with a walk and took third on Magglio Ordonez's double. Miguel Cabrera followed with an RBI single, Marcus Thames drove in a run by beating out a double play and Laird finished the inning with his second run-scoring base hit of the game.

"I thought I was pretty good today, other than the one inning that killed me," Romero said. "After that, I got back into a groove and got some quick outs, but I basically beat myself early in the game."

Toronto got onto the board on Edwin Encarnacion's RBI double in the fourth, then cut the gap to two runs in the fifth when Aaron Hill's groundout scored Raul Chavez.

Detroit put the game away with three runs off Josh Roenicke in the eighth. With two on and two out, Aubrey Huff had a pinch-hit RBI double and Brandon Inge followed with a two-run single.

Notes:

  • Toronto RF Joe Inglett was a late scratch with a ribcage strain. Jose Bautista replaced him in the lineup.
  • The Tigers have 150 victories since their next-door neighbors, the Lions, last won a game.
  • Detroit matched their record for home wins at Comerica Park. They are now 46-24 at home, while the pennant-winning 2006 team went 46-35.
  • Detroit's Brent Dlugach made his major league debut in the eighth. He pinch-ran for Huff and scored on Inge's single.
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced after the game that Eddie Bonine will replace Armando Galarraga in the rotation, effective Wednesday.
 
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Rick Porcello gives up two runs over six innings to help the Tigers snap a five-game skid. (AP)
Rick Porcello gives up two runs over six innings to help the Tigers snap a five-game skid. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS3010110 .283
Aaron Hill, 2B4001002 .287
Adam Lind, DH4000001 .299
Vernon Wells, CF3110100 .259
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000021 .260
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4011001 .202
Travis Snider, LF3000011 .222
Raul Chavez, C2110100 .272
Jose Bautista, RF3010002 .228
Totals3025234  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (9, Porcello)
RBI - Aaron Hill (97), Edwin Encarnacion (24)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (10)
SB - Vernon Wells (17, 2nd base off Porcello/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero (L,12-8) 61044340 4.22
Casey Janssen 1100100 6.17
Josh Roenicke 1233310 4.73
IBB - Granderson by Casey Janssen, Cabrera by Josh Roenicke
HBP - Inge (by Ricky Romero)
WP - Josh Roenicke (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 105-66, Casey Janssen 14-6, Josh Roenicke 25-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 6-7, Casey Janssen 3-0, Josh Roenicke 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 31, Casey Janssen 5, Josh Roenicke 8
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, LF5000033 .280
Placido Polanco, 2B4110100 .278
Magglio Ordonez, RF4130001 .294
    Clete Thomas, RF0100100 .246
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3221201 .335
Marcus Thames, DH4111003 .260
    Wilkin Ramirez, PR-DH0000000 .400
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH-DH1011000 .244
    Brent Dlugach, PR-DH0100000 .000
Brandon Inge, 3B4022001 .233
Curtis Granderson, CF3000224 .249
Gerald Laird, C4022102 .224
Adam Everett, SS4010005 .240
Totals36713775  
a-doubled for Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Magglio Ordonez (19, R. Romero), Marcus Thames (10, Janssen), Aubrey Huff (29, Roenicke)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (89), Marcus Thames (35), Aubrey Huff (80), Brandon Inge 2 (76), Gerald Laird 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (23), Brandon Inge 2 (25), Gerald Laird 2 (9)
SB - Miguel Cabrera (5, 2nd base off R. Romero/Chavez)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Inge-Polanco-Cabrera, Everett-Polanco-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (W,13-8) 6422220 4.21
Zach Miner (H,6) 1100010 4.69
Brandon Lyon (H,12) 1000000 2.91
Fernando Rodney 1000110 3.94
WP - Rick Porcello (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 103-60, Zach Miner 13-9, Brandon Lyon 13-7, Fernando Rodney 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 7-9, Zach Miner 1-0, Brandon Lyon 2-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 24, Zach Miner 3, Brandon Lyon 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32468
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Rick Reed