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Tigers' Porcello stops Orioles, wins fifth consecutive start

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BALTIMORE -- Naturally, Bud Norris insisted he wasn't throwing at Torii Hunter. The timing of the pitch -- and where it landed -- suggested otherwise.

And that is precisely why the Tigers and Baltimore Orioles became involved in a bench-clearing fray in the latter stages of Detroit's 4-1 victory Monday night.

After Ian Kinsler's two-run homer in the eighth gave the Tigers a three-run cushion, Norris hit Hunter in the ribcage with a 94 mph fastball.

"I don't know if he was trying to hit him or not," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "It looks odd after a home run."

Hunter yelled at Norris, and as he made his way toward first base, the Tigers outfielder moved slightly in the direction of the mound. That caused both dugouts to empty, and relievers from both bullpens charged toward the infield.

"I'm sorry he didn't appreciate it," Norris said, "but at the same token, I'm trying to throw a ball over the plate and get an out, groundball to third base or something."

Order was quickly restored before anyone blatantly shoved each other, and no punches were thrown.

Norris (2-3) was ultimately ejected by plate umpire James Hoye.

"Kinsler hits a two-run homer and then the next hitter gets drilled," crew chief Bob Davidson said. "I thought Hoye handled it properly. I think that's what anybody would have done. It's a fastball that drilled the guy in the ribs, and I think Hoye did the right thing. ... As an umpire, it wasn't rocket science. I really think that that was the right thing to do."

As Norris made his made his way toward the Baltimore dugout, he shouted once more at Hunter, who yelled back.

Hunter watched several replays of the pitch in the Detroit clubhouse before meeting with reporters. Asked if thought Norris was throwing at him, Hunter replied, "What do you think? I mean, the guy had great control. So, what, he all of a sudden lost it?"

Hunter acknowledged that he got swept up by the emotion of the moment, and probably wasn't going to charge the mound.

"It's like a pickup basketball game. There's a foul and two guys argue," he said. "There's a lot of adrenalin going. Once you calm down and think about the situation ... it doesn't make sense. I'm too old for this stuff. I've got kids in college. I can't be doing that."

Rick Porcello (6-1) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, walking none and striking out two in winning his fifth consecutive start. The right-hander improved to 3-5 lifetime against Baltimore, 1-3 at Camden Yards.

"I managed to get ahead of guys and keep them at bay," said Porcello, who left after throwing only 83 pitches.

"He had a little bit of tightness in the side," Ausmus said. "He fought me. He wanted to stay in. It being May, out of precaution I took him out of the game. If he had gone back out there and really injured himself, I would have had trouble sleeping."

Joe Nathan worked a perfect the ninth for his eighth save.

Steve Clevenger had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in Baltimore's lone run. Clevenger has taken over the starting role at catcher while Matt Wieters (right elbow strain) is on the 15-day disabled list.

Nick Markakis went 0 for 4, ending his 18-game hitting streak. Markakis flied out to center in the seventh with a runner on third and two outs with the Orioles down by a run.

Baltimore went up 1-0 in the second inning when J.J. Hardy hit a two-out single and scored on a double by Clevenger.

Norris was perfect through three innings with four strikeouts. In the fourth, however, Kinsler walked, stole second and scored on a single by Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez followed with a double and Austin Jackson added a sacrifice fly.

Notes

The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes by rain. ... Norris caught a foul ball near the Detroit dugout, darting to his right to catch the popup off the bat of Andrew Romine. ... The Orioles recalled RHP Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk to strengthen a weary bullpen. He got four consecutive outs after Norris left ...Ubaldo Jimemez, who starts for Baltimore on Tuesday night, was 0-4 with a 6.59 ERA in April and 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in May. Drew Smyly (2-2) will start for Detroit. ... Kinsler was caught stealing in the sixth, making Baltimore catchers 4 for 29 in nailing would-be stealers.

 
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Torii Hunter is held back after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. The benches clear, but no punches are thrown.  (Getty Images)
Torii Hunter is held back after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. The benches clear, but no punches are thrown. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

S. Clevenger
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

I. Kinsler
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3222100 .315
Torii Hunter, RF3000011 .298
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111001 .290
Victor Martinez, DH4020010 .331
Austin Jackson, CF3001011 .293
Nick Castellanos, 3B4000032 .236
Alex Avila, C2100120 .218
Andrew Romine, SS3000011 .215
Rajai Davis, LF3000001 .294
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .000
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000 .000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
Totals2945429  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (8, Norris)
HR - Ian Kinsler (4, Norris)
SF - Austin Jackson (5)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (19), Miguel Cabrera (30), Austin Jackson (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (4)
SB - Ian Kinsler (5, 2nd base off Norris/Clevenger)
CS - Ian Kinsler (3, 2nd base by Norris/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Andrew Romine (3, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,6-1) 6511020 3.22
Ian Krol (H,6) 1100000 2.25
Al Alburquerque (H,6) 1000020 4.11
Joe Nathan (S,8) 1000000 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 83-60, Ian Krol 19-12, Al Alburquerque 14-9, Joe Nathan 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 9-8, Ian Krol 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 24, Ian Krol 4, Al Alburquerque 3, Joe Nathan 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000001 .309
Manny Machado, 3B4010010 .186
Adam Jones, CF4010011 .264
Chris Davis, 1B4000011 .250
Nelson Cruz, LF4000010 .270
J.J. Hardy, SS4110000 .264
Steve Clevenger, C4031000 .304
Delmon Young, DH3000002 .305
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3000003 .229
Bud Norris, P0000000 .000
   Preston Guilmet, P0000000 .000
Totals3416104  
Batting
2B - Steve Clevenger 2 (8, Porcello)
RBI - Steve Clevenger (6)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Clevenger (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Clevenger
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,2-3) 7.2544271 3.98
Preston Guilmet 1.1000020 0.00
HBP - Hunter (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 113-69, Preston Guilmet 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 5-9, Preston Guilmet 2-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 29, Preston Guilmet 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24517
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Paul Nauert