Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Prince Fielder had three RBIs on a bases clearing double in the second inning for the Tigers as they beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Saturday afternoon for their second win in a row over the Indians and fourth win in five games to increase their lead in the AL Central to a season high 4.5 games.
Rick Porcello gave up two runs -- one earned -- and three hits while striking out seven and walking two over six innings for his third win of the year and his third straight quality start.
Former Tiger Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer off reliever Luke Putkonen to pull the Indians within two runs in the seventh inning and after allowing two Indians to reach base in the ninth, Jose Valverde struck out Raburn and Mike Aviles for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. Phil Coke also threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief.
Andy Dirks had two hits and two RBIs while Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta each had two hits. Miguel Cabrera was 1-3 and walked twice.
The Tigers are 5-2 against Cleveland in 2013 and look for the series sweep on Sunday. Jose Alvarez will make his big league debut for the Tigers as he gets the starting nod on Sunday. Anibal Sanchez was scheduled to start but will be skipped in the rotation with arm stiffness. He is not expected to be placed on the DL and will make his next scheduled start. Jose Ortega was sent to AAA Toledo to make room on the roster for Alvarez. Alvarez is 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA and an International League-high 76 strikeouts in 12 starts at Toledo. Justin Masterson will start for the Indians on Sunday.