By Matt Harding
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After 15 minutes of baseball, four runs were on the board and
Rick Porcello was just getting his first out. Four more runs came across the plate after Porcello's disastrous 46-pitch inning.
The Tigers went 1-2-3 in their half of the inning. Porcello was pulled after giving up another run in the second. He only lasted one inning, giving up eight earned runs and giving way to lefty Duane Below.
It wasn't Porcello's day today!
Photo by Matt Harding / In Play! Magazine, 2011
Meanwhile, the Ranger's starter Matt Harrison was blowing through the Tigers lineup. Harrison was pitching a perfect game through three innings, until Austin Jackson came up in the bottom of the fourth, smashing a 397 ft. home run.
Harrison then struck out Brennan Boesch, and Miguel Cabrera singled. Prince Fielder struck out on an ugly swing; Delmon Young then blasted a double off the center field wall, bringing in Cabby. Ryan Raburn also K'd.
The score would remain at 9-2 until the bottom of the eighth when Cabrera would trot around the bases, knocking a ball just over the left field fence.
The 9-4 score would soon turn into a 10-4 score, thanks to a home run off the bat of Mike Napoli, who has a dinger in each of the last five consecutive games.
After a Jhonny Peralta double in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Inge flew out to left field to end the game, 10-4.
Justin Verlander pitches in the second game of today's doubleheader.