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Porcello pitches 3-hitter, leads Tigers over Rays


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rick Porcello hasn't won any Cy Young awards like three of his teammates, but he has pitched some of the better games of the season for the Detroit Tigers.

One of them came Wednesday night when Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout, a 6-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

''Nine shutout innings. You literally can't ask for anything more,'' said Tiger manager Brad Ausmus.

Victor Martinez hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for the Tigers, who handed the Rays their fourth loss in a row.

Porcello (14-8) moved into a tie for the league lead in wins, retiring 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist's double in the first.

''I felt pretty good from the get-go really,'' he said. ''Even the hit I gave up to Zobrist was a good pitch, and I felt pretty confident that if I kept making pitches like that I was going to get guys out and pitch deep into the game.''

Porcello walked none and struck out four in his first win since Aug. 2. He matched Miami's Henderson Alvarez for the major league lead in shutouts and became the first Tiger with three in a season since Jeff Weaver in 2002.

''I think the biggest thing, when you get a game going like that, is to get the first guy out,'' Porcello said. ''If you can get the first guy out, especially for me, or keep the double play intact when somebody does get on base, that makes the game a lot quicker.''

The Rays were shut out for the 15th time, most of any American League team. They didn't get a leadoff man on base until the eighth.

''From the side it looked like a wiffle ball, like playing in your back yard and the ball is just doing all kinds of weird things,'' said Rays manager Joe Maddon. ''For the most part (Porcello got) a lot of groundball outs. That's what he is.''

Martinez hit his fourth career slam, connecting off Kirby Yates in the seventh inning, completing a five-run burst started by Rajai Davis' two-out double. It was the 24th homer of the season for Martinez.

Martinez drove in the Tigers' first run with a two-out double in the first after Miguel Cabrera's single. Cabrera also walked twice and scored two runs.

Wil Myers, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter in his return to the Rays' lineup after missing 70 games because of a broken right wrist.

''Really didn't get a pitch over the plate to hit. It's just one of those games,'' Myers said. ''I could have been coming into this game and been really hot, but the way he pitched I think the results would have been the same.''

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (9-10) gave up three runs while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander (sore right shoulder) could rejoin the rotation Saturday after missing one start.

Rays: OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) resumed a rehab assignment with Single-A Charlotte. He had taken three days off due to soreness in the hand.

UP NEXT

Former Rays ace David Price (12-8) will face his old team Thursday for the first time since being dealt to Detroit on July 31. Tampa Bay will counter with RHP Alex Cobb (8-6). ''It's still weird, but once the game starts, it's me vs. the Tigers lineup,'' Cobb said. ''It's going to be more weird for him, I think, facing the Rays.''

HIT IT HARD

PGA Tour golfer John Daly threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Daly, who has a hit song called ''Hit it Hard'' on The Highway Sirius Channel 56, lives in Clearwater, Fla.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5111010.283.315.421
Torii Hunter, RF5110010.269.307.442
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2210200.309.376.509
   Don Kelly, 1B0000000.244.319.283
Victor Martinez, DH3125101.325.392.553
J.D. Martinez, LF4010012.305.347.563
Nick Castellanos, 3B4000004.259.306.414
Alex Avila, C4000020.220.327.377
Andrew Romine, SS4000040.216.269.273
Rajai Davis, CF4110000.288.327.415
Rick Porcello, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3567639    
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (25, Odorizzi), Rajai Davis (23, Odorizzi)
HR - Victor Martinez (24, Yates)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (66), Victor Martinez 5 (79)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (17), Victor Martinez 5 (29)
Team LOB - 5
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,14-8) 9300040 3.10
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 104-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 12-11
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 30
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF4010000.241.319.379
Ben Zobrist, 2B4010011.281.367.422
Matt Joyce, LF4000002.274.365.419
Evan Longoria, 3B3000011.252.325.389
James Loney, 1B3010000.289.338.381
Wil Myers, DH3000011.224.308.348
Yunel Escobar, SS3000011.252.317.320
Curt Casali, C3000001.167.259.208
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3000000.260.316.463
Jake Odorizzi, P0000000.000.200.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3003004    
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (28, Porcello)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Evan Longoria (10, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Odorizzi (L,9-10) 6.2533270 3.83
Kirby Yates 0.1233111 3.20
Cesar Ramos 2000010 3.78
WP - Kirby Yates (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 112-72, Kirby Yates 17-10, Cesar Ramos 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 4-10, Cesar Ramos 2-3
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 28, Kirby Yates 4, Cesar Ramos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 13575
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Greg Gibson