User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Porcello leads Tigers to 7th straight win

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rick Porcello went to his normal spot on the Detroit Tigers bench after the eighth inning. He had every intention to finish what he started.

Advertisement
With a few pitches to spare, Porcello got his first career shutout, a 6-0 three-hitter over the sinking Texas Rangers on Thursday night for Detroit's seventh consecutive victory.

''This is extremely special to me,'' Porcello said.

Porcello (10-4) threw 105 pitches through eight innings. With relievers moving around in the bullpen, manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones discussed what to do with the right-hander, who did his best to avoid eye contact and then needed only 10 pitches in the ninth to get three groundball outs.

''You just worry about the pitch count. We don't want him going much above 115, maybe top out at 120,'' Ausmus said. ''A 15-pitch inning is a good inning, so it's kind of a tall task to ask him to get through the inning, but he was able to do it.''

Porcello limited the Rangers to three singles and benefited from three 4-6-3 double plays (second baseman Ian Kinsler to shortstop Eugenio Sanchez to first baseman Miguel Cabrera), including one after Texas had consecutive hits in the sixth.

''The ability to get two outs with one pitch is huge. I was able to execute those sinkers,'' Porcello said. ''Without those guys, I don't know that I would have been able to go nine.''

The right-hander struck out six and walked three, throwing 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes. It was only the second complete game for Porcello in 164 major league starts - all for the Tigers since 2009, and he has won at least 10 games in each of his six seasons.

Miguel Cabrera had four hits and Austin Jackson hit a two-run single for the AL Central leaders, who completed a three-game sweep.

While the Tigers have the longest winning streak in the majors, Texas has the longest losing streak at eight in a row. The Rangers, who last lost eight in a row in August 2005, are 1-6-1 their last eight series overall and 16-22 at home.

''We know we're a way better team than the way we're playing right now,'' said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who grounded into that double play in the sixth. ''He's got a pretty good sinker. We all knew that. He made the right pitch at the right moment.''

Rangers rookie Nick Martinez (1-5) allowed six hits and walked five of the 18 batters he faced in 2 1-3 innings.

Detroit went ahead to stay in the second when Torii Hunter drew a bases-loaded walk before Cabrera's deep inning-ending flyout with the bases loaded.

Victor Martinez drew a walk to start the third before a double by Nick Castellanos set up Jackson's two-run single. After two more walks, Nick Martinez was pulled and Kinsler greeted reliever Scott Baker with an RBI single that made it 4-0.

Kinsler, the three-time All-Star for the Rangers who was traded to Detroit for Prince Fielder last offseason, homered in his first at-bat Tuesday in his return to Texas as an opponent. Kinsler went 6 for 12 in the series with four runs and four RBIs.

With two hits in all three games, Kinsler extended his streak of multihit games to five and is hitting .302 on the season. He has 31 multihit games, one behind Houston's Jose Altuve for the most in the majors.

J.D. Martinez had a sacrifice fly for the Tigers, but went 0 for 4 to snap his 14-game hitting streak that was the longest active run in the majors.

Cabrera had three singles before his AL-high 28th double in the eighth drove home Kinsler.

''We're playing good baseball as a team, and we're confident as a group right now,'' Kinsler said. ''It's just a lot of fun playing ball that way.''

NOTES: It was the fourth shutout for the Tigers this season. Texas was held scoreless for the fourth time. ... Rangers LHP Derek Holland, on the DL since offseason left knee surgery, took fielding practice off the mound. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday in Arlington. Holland said he feels great, ''like I can do everything.'' ... Texas GM Jon Daniels said his team can't focus on all the injuries - a major league-high 14 players on the disabled list. He said a big thing right now is player development at the big league level with the youngsters having to play.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Diamond Trends - Tuesday
Rose: Who's Not Hot - AL
Yankees get Headley from Padres
Beckett activated by Dodgers for Monday
Phils put Mayberry on DL and recall Ruf
Jeffress gets 2nd shot with Brewers
Indians send reliever down, recall Salazar
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
15-4 L19 Guarantees, +8,046 TY
12-1 L13 Totals, +2,504 This Year
13-3 G-Plays, 37-23 +1,600 Streak
3-0 Yesterday, 10-1 L3 Days
4-2 L6, 9-5 +508 L14 Picks
+2,344 Net Proftis This Year
24-13 +1,236 L37, +2,104 TY
8-4 L12 G-Plays, 9-4 L13 Totals
3-1 Y'day, +2,194 MLB Totals TY
9-3, +709 Last 3 Days
3-0 Yesterday, +2,024 This Season
11-6, +543 Last 17 Picks
11-3, +822 Last 14 Guarantees
6-1 +535 Y'day, +1,709 This Year
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8046
Bruce Marshall + 2504
The Gold Sheet + 2344
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2716
James Manos + 2554
Dave Cokin + 1577
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2562
Matt Zylbert + 2194
Tony Stoffo + 1359
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1217
Doc's Sports + 850
Antony Dinero + 702
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4017
Mike Rose + 1929
Kevin Rogers + 1595
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1403
Bruce Marshall + 1358
The Gold Sheet + 1189
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!