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LOS ANGELES -- Rick Porcello felt more like a clay pigeon in a shooting gallery than a pitcher.
The Detroit Tigers' 6-foot-5 right-hander fought off three line drives right back at him to get his first road victory of the season, and the Detroit Tigers got home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
"I've had games where there's been a lot of base hits up the middle, but I haven't been hit this many times in one game," Porcello said. "I said to myself, 'Put it where I'm supposed to put it, and that won't happen.' I just knew I wasn't getting the ball down, and that's why they were putting good swings on it."
Porcello, who turned Matt Kemp's line drive into an inning-ending double play in the first, had to fend off another liner by James Loney in the fourth that hit him in the arm before he scrambled to get the force at second.
"I saw them all for a split-second," Porcello said. "I think the hardest ball that was hit back at me was the one Kemp hit that I caught. I didn't have time to move, and it kind of found its way into my glove, really. The one on the forearm hit me pretty square. But it's only a bruise and I should be fine. It's sore, but I have full range of motion with everything."
Porcello (4-4) got drilled by another line drive in the fifth, this one off the bat of Blake DeWitt, whose single caromed off the back of Porcello's right leg. DeWitt got to third on a single by Jamey Carroll that Ordonez bobbled for his second error of the season. A walk to Russell Martin loaded the bases for Xavier Paul, whose single sliced Detroit's lead to 3-2.
After all those line drives at him, Porcello still managed to maintain his focus. And he wasn't intimidated at the possibility of the next one going at his head.
"If I start worrying about that stuff, then I'd lose sight of what I'm out there to do," he said. "And if it does come at my head, I've just got to hope that I've got quick enough reflexes to get out of the way."
Daniel Worth had three hits for the second time in just six big league games, but fellow rookie Austin Jackson was out of the lineup after getting beaned by Ramon Troncoso in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-4 loss.
Porcello allowed two runs and nine hits over six innings in his Dodger Stadium debut, striking out two and walking two. He is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five interleague starts. His biggest out came in the sixth, when Manny Ramirez pinch-hit for Hiroki Kuroda with the bases loaded and grounded out to third on the first pitch to end the inning.
"Getting him out on the first pitch, that was absolutely huge," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "You're not ever comfortable when you see Manny Ramirez walk off the bench with the bases loaded. It's not a very good feeling. But Porcello threw a real good sinker to him, it got in on him a little bit and he rolled it over."
Kuroda (5-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one. Ronald Belisario gave up a solo homer to Ordonez in the eighth.
Dontrelle Willis, who got the loss for the Tigers in Friday's series opener, was sent to bat for reliever Phil Coke in the ninth. Dodgers manager Joe Torre replaced Belisario with George Sherrill and Leyland countered with Adam Everett, who drove in Inge with a sacrifice bunt. Johnny Damon followed with an RBI single.
"If you put the squeeze on, it seems like an eternity before the play happens," Leyland said. "I don't like the play and I never have, but I took a shot and it worked out OK."
Kuroda gave up hits to three of his first four batters, including an RBI single by Ordonez and Cabrera's two-run homer. Nine of Cabrera's 10 homers have come on the road.
"Some pretty good hitters got him, but I thought he pitched great after that and gave us a strong outing," Torre said.
|Rick Porcello shakes off three comebackers to go six innings and even his record. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Johnny Damon, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.290|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.316|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.331|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.340|
|Don Kelly, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.217|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.155|
|Danny Worth, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.412|
|Rick Porcello, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Ryan Raburn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Ryan Perry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Phil Coke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Dontrelle Willis, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Adam Everett, PH-SS||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.197|
|a-flied out for Porcello in the 7th|
|b-announced for Coke in the 9th|
|c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Willis in the 9th|
|2B - Johnny Damon (12, Kuroda)|
|HR - Magglio Ordonez (6, Belisario), Miguel Cabrera (10, Kuroda)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (1), Rick Porcello (1), Adam Everett (3)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (18), Magglio Ordonez 2 (30), Miguel Cabrera 2 (40), Adam Everett (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (3)|
|SB - Miguel Cabrera (2, 2nd base off Kuroda/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Porcello-Worth, Cabrera-Santiago, Worth-Santiago-Cabrera, Worth-Everett-Cabrera|
|E - Magglio Ordonez (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Rick Porcello (W,4-4)||6||9||2||2||2||2||0||5.58|
|Ryan Perry (H,9)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.41|
|Phil Coke (H,5)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.43|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 101-64, Ryan Perry 22-12, Phil Coke 4-3, Jose Valverde 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-4, Phil Coke 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Ryan Perry 5, Phil Coke 2, Jose Valverde 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.262|
|Xavier Paul, RF||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.326|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.285|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.295|
|Casey Blake, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.268|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.159|
|Blake DeWitt, 2B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.286|
|a- Ronnie Belliard, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.282|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|b- Manny Ramirez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.329|
|Jeff Weaver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|a-grounded into a double play for DeWitt in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Kuroda in the 6th|
|c-singled for Sherrill in the 9th|
|SH - Hiroki Kuroda (5)|
|RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Blake-DeWitt-Loney|
|E - Casey Blake (8, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,5-2)||6||6||3||3||1||5||1||3.03|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 88-60, Jeff Weaver 8-4, Ronald Belisario 24-15, George Sherrill 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-5, Jeff Weaver 1-2, Ronald Belisario 2-1, George Sherrill 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Jeff Weaver 3, Ronald Belisario 7, George Sherrill 3|
|Attendance - 46053|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Ted Barrett|