By Matt Harding
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Trying to put their woes behind them, the 53-57 Detroit Tigers sent out Rick Porcello, who was 4-10 before the contest.
Porcello went 1-2-3 in the first inning after being rocked in his last outing (8/3). In that game, against the Chicago White Sox, Porcello went 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits and seven earned runs.
In the bottom half of the first, after a Will Rhymes fly out and a Johnny Damon single, Brennan Boesch's woes continued, as he struck out. Boesch is hitting .118 (10 for 85) over the course of his last 23 games.
With no score in the top of the fourth, Alberto Callaspo scored on a wild pitch by Porcello.
With the game still 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Raburn doubled on a hot liner to the opposite field. Brandon Inge then reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Callaspo. Then, after an Alex Avila sac bunt, Don Kelly singled, Will Rhymes doubled, and Johnny Damon doubled. Boesch struck out yet again, ending the two-out rally -- the score 3-1 Tigers.
The Angels answered with two runs in the sixth, tying the game at three apiece. The Tigers weren't content with a tie ballgame and wouldn't be content with losing their fifth straight. They scored three runs, making it 6-3. The Tigers added three more in the eighth, extending their lead and making the game 9-3.
Who else would pitch in the ninth other than closer Jose Valverde? He quickly disposed of the first batter, Jeff Mathis, striking him out. He then walked the ninth batter, Peter Bourjos. After a lengthy at-bat, he got Bobby Abreu to fly out to right field.
Erick Aybar grounded out to second, and that's the ballgame. The Tiger's losing streak is over.
Jim Leyland's postgame comments:
"We didn’t really play a good game. But, nobody cares ‘cause you won. We made more mistakes today than we did in a few other games that we lost, but because we won, nobody talks about it. We had some baserunning blunders; we had a couple missed signs. Nobody cares, that’s just the way it is. I care. I’ve already corrected those mistakes. But the fans, I don’t want them to worry about it. They should leave here and do whatever they do – go have a beer, have some fun, the Tigers won, [and] everybody’s happy."
-On today's game
"I think he’s had some better plate appearances. I think he almost hit one out to the deepest part of the ballpark. I thought he had some pretty good swings. He’s a young players and he’s gonna be crude for awhile and if you don’t want to live with that, then you should send him out. But, I’m not afraid to live with that.
-On Brennan Boesch’s performance, which included two strikeouts."
"He really had good life. That’s the Porcello that I’ve been looking for. I thought he was really good today."
-On pitcher Rick Porcello's performance