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Porcello nabs first road victory as Tigers avoid three-game sweep

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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."

Casey Blake followed Loney's liner with a grounder that third baseman Brandon Inge bobbled before throwing him out, extinguishing the Dodgers' first real scoring threat.

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.

Notes

  • Flags flew at half-staff and a moment of silence was observed in memory of former Dodgers and Tigers pitcher Jose Lima, who died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at age 37. A video tribute played after the sixth inning.
  • Leyland said that Cabrera probably would miss the entire series at Seattle. He is returning to Miami, where his wife Rosangel is expecting the couple's second daughter.
  • Joe Torre said that SS Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) will be activated from the DL on Tuesday at Chicago.
 
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Rick Porcello shakes off three comebackers to go six innings and even his record.  (AP)
Rick Porcello shakes off three comebackers to go six innings and even his record. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

X. Paul
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Johnny Damon, CF5121001 .290
Ramon Santiago, SS4010011 .260
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Magglio Ordonez, RF4222001 .316
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4112010 .331
Brennan Boesch, LF3000111 .340
    Don Kelly, LF0000000 .250
Brandon Inge, 3B3100111 .217
Gerald Laird, C4000011 .155
Danny Worth, 2B4130000 .412
Rick Porcello, P1000011 .000
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH1000000 .200
    Ryan Perry, P0000000 .000
    Phil Coke, P0000000 .000
   b- Dontrelle Willis, PH0000000 .000
   c- Adam Everett, PH-SS0001000 .197
Totals3369626  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Porcello-Worth, Cabrera-Santiago, Worth-Santiago-Cabrera, Worth-Everett-Cabrera
E - Magglio Ordonez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (W,4-4) 6922220 5.58
Ryan Perry (H,9) 1.1000110 2.41
Phil Coke (H,5) 0.2100000 3.43
Jose Valverde 1100010 0.46
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, C4010101 .262
Xavier Paul, RF4022011 .326
Matt Kemp, CF4010013 .285
James Loney, 1B3000101 .295
Casey Blake, 3B3000103 .268
Garret Anderson, LF4020001 .159
Blake DeWitt, 2B3120000 .286
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH-2B1000001 .288
Jamey Carroll, SS4120010 .282
Hiroki Kuroda, P1000011 .000
   b- Manny Ramirez, PH1000003 .329
    Jeff Weaver, P00000001.000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   c- Reed Johnson, PH1010000 .300
Totals33211234  
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
Batting
SH - Hiroki Kuroda (5)
RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Blake-DeWitt-Loney
E - Casey Blake (8, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (L,5-2) 6633151 3.03
Jeff Weaver 1000000 3.09
Ronald Belisario 1.1233111 6.28
George Sherrill 0.2100000 7.36
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
Game Information
Attendance - 46053
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Ted Barrett