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Tigers hammer Rockies 11-5


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DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers showed a lot of their good side Saturday. It was the bullpen that kept it from being a showcase night.

The Tigers got three home runs from the middle of their batting order - Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez - and an outstanding starting pitching performance from Rick Porcello, who allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings while striking out a season-high 10.

But their bullpen, which has struggled this season, allowed three runs in the ninth inning on three hits and two walks and forced manager Brad Ausmus to use two relievers and to have two more throwing in the bullpen.''

''We were scrambling a little bit in the last inning,'' Ausmus said. ''You don't want to have to get that many arms up when you're ahead by that much.''

But there was plenty of cushion

Alex Avila had three hits and drove in two runs and Ian Kinsler had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, who scored in all eight innings they batted, had 16 hits and got at least a hit from each batter in the starting lineup.

''It was perfect the way everyone hit. Everyone contributed in some fashion,'' Ausmus said. ''Nice to see us get some separation. Our offense has been kind of sluggish the last week-to-10 days.''

Porcello (13-5) tied teammate Max Scherzer for the American League lead in victories.

''Just had a good feel for my off-speed stuff and had a good changeup and cutter,'' said Porcello, who labored through the first two innings before finding his groove in the third.

''He had some really good movement and kept pitches in the strike zone,'' Colorado's Charlie Blackmon said. ''He was able to mix them up pretty well.''

Earlier in the day, newly acquired David Price joined his new teammates and a starting rotation that also includes Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez.

''He basically takes the ball and goes the distance,'' Porcello said of Price. ''. Going to be a lot of fun playing with him.''

Colorado starter Tyler Matzek (2-6) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 4-plus innings.

RARE FEAT

It was the first time Detroit scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home win since 1912.

TAPE MEASURE BLAST

Cabrera broke a 2-2 tie with two outs in the third with his 17th home run, a tape measure solo shot, that put Detroit up for good. The drive to center field was estimated by ESPN Stats & Info at 445 feet.

''You can't help to be excited when you see that,'' Porcello said. ''I was a fan there. Pretty fun.''

ROCKIES MOVE

Colorado selected the contract of outfielder Jason Pridie from Triple-A Colorado Springs and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernahdez was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT: Sanchez (7-5, 3.57) goes against Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.20) of the Rockies in Sunday's finale of the three-game series. It will be the 19th consecutive start by a left-hander for Colorado. The major league record (since 1914) is 20 straight by the 1982 Kansas City Royals. Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is hitting .316 (6 for 19) against Sanchez with two RBIs.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

D. Stubbs
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Charlie Blackmon, RF5001021.296.341.452
Josh Rutledge, SS5010013.300.348.473
Corey Dickerson, LF4000022.315.379.558
Nolan Arenado, 3B2100200.287.320.476
Justin Morneau, DH3110000.313.350.497
   a-Brandon Barnes, PH-DH1110000.248.296.401
Drew Stubbs, CF4232010.306.345.522
Wilin Rosario, 1B4011022.244.279.401
Michael McKenry, C2000221.341.413.488
Charlie Culberson, 2B4011023.179.235.291
Tyler Matzek, P0000000.158.200.158
   Matt Belisle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000.000.000.000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34585412    
a-doubled for Morneau in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Barnes (12, McCoy), Drew Stubbs (16, Porcello), Wilin Rosario (18, McCoy)
3B - Drew Stubbs (3, Porcello)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (56), Drew Stubbs 2 (31), Wilin Rosario (38), Charlie Culberson (14)
CS - Josh Rutledge (2, 2nd base by Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Culberson-Rutledge-Rosario, Culberson-Rutledge-Rosario-Arenado-Culberson-Rosario, Culberson-Rutledge-Rosario-Arenado-Culberson-Rosario-Culberson-Rosario
E - Tyler Matzek (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Matzek (L,2-6) 41088222 5.31
Matt Belisle 2311020 5.28
Rex Brothers 1111001 4.67
LaTroy Hawkins 1211020 3.08
IBB - Cabrera by Tyler Matzek
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Matzek 76-50, Matt Belisle 29-20, Rex Brothers 14-7, LaTroy Hawkins 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Matzek 4-4, Matt Belisle 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Matzek 22, Matt Belisle 8, Rex Brothers 4, LaTroy Hawkins 5
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Rajai Davis, CF-LF5131001.302.342.430
Ian Kinsler, 2B4131000.291.322.441
   a-Andrew Romine, PH-2B1000011.214.269.252
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3211101.312.368.531
   Don Kelly, 1B1000011.252.328.299
Victor Martinez, DH4113010.319.380.560
Torii Hunter, RF3010100.280.315.470
   Ezequiel Carrera, CF0000000.000.000.000
J.D. Martinez, LF-RF4211002.321.363.607
Nick Castellanos, 3B4110020.263.313.407
Alex Avila, C4232010.223.328.370
Eugenio Suarez, SS4121002.261.340.391
Rick Porcello, P0000000.000.000.000
   Patrick McCoy, P0000000.000.000.000
   Phil Coke, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3711161026    
a-struck out for Kinsler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (17, Matzek), Alex Avila 2 (18, Matzek)
3B - Nick Castellanos (2, Matzek)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (17, Matzek), Victor Martinez (22, Matzek), J.D. Martinez (15, Brothers)
RBI - Rajai Davis (36), Ian Kinsler (58), Miguel Cabrera (82), Victor Martinez 3 (62), J.D. Martinez (48), Alex Avila 2 (29), Eugenio Suarez (13)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (33), J.D. Martinez (19), Alex Avila 2 (9), Eugenio Suarez (3)
SB - J.D. Martinez (3, 2nd base off Matzek/McKenry)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Ian Kinsler (3, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,13-5) 85222100 3.18
Patrick McCoy 0333100 7.20
Phil Coke 1000120 4.46
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 108-76, Patrick McCoy 16-8, Phil Coke 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 8-5, Phil Coke 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 30, Patrick McCoy 4, Phil Coke 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42811
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - James Hoye