Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tigers win final game in Giants series, 6-3

By Matt Harding
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Rick Porcello had been less than stellar coming into today's game against the San Francisco Giants. That'd change today. In seven innings, Porcello gave up three runs on five hits, striking out six batters. No -- not the best outing, but certainly not the worst. Joaquin Benoit would relieve him in the eighth, getting out of the inning with a spectacular diving catch by Ryan Raburn in left field.

Rick Porcello warms up in between innings
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Closer Jose Valverde, in his first outing after being voted a 2011 All-Star, received his 20th save of the season. Papa Grande gave up a base hit, walked one, and struck out the final batter.

Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run to get things started for the Tigers in the fourth inning. At that point the game was tied 1-1. Magglio Ordonez knocked a 2-RBI single up the middle in the seventh inning making the game 4-3 in Detroit's favor.

Boesch hive-fives Gene Lamont after his home run
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

In the eighth, Brandon Inge gave the Tigers some insurance runs with his 2-RBI triple. Those runs, scored by Alex Avila (voted as the starting catcher for his first All-Star Game today) and Ramon Santiago, would be the final runs of the game for either team.

All-Star Alex Avila
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine

Before the All-Star Break, the Tigers start a three game set in Anaheim against the Angels (Mon-Wed) and a four game series in Kansas City against the Royals (Thurs-Sun). Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will be the following Monday and Tuesday, respectively.