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Porcello strikes out 10 in Tigers 4-2 victory over Mariners

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello

DETROIT (WKZO)- Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello was on his game tonight as he turned in another solid performance striking out 10 Seattle Mariners tonight in a 4-2 victory.  Porcello improves his record to 13-8.  Porcello went six innings giving up one run on five hits.  Joe Saunders takes the loss for Seattle and his record drops to 11-15 for the season.

The Mariners had a chance to strike first in the first as they had a runner on third with two outs, but Jose Iglesias snagged a leaping line drive off the bat of Kendrys Morales to end the threat.

The Tigers came back in the bottom of the first and took the lead on Joe Saunders wild pitch that allowed Torii Hunter to score and take a 1-0 lead.

Porcello had his worst pitch of the night in the third inning as Seatte's Abraham Almonte hit a hanging curveball out of the park to tie the game 1-1.

The Tigers then opened up the game in the sixth inning.  Miguel Cabrera drew a two out walk and Prince Fielder followed up with a bloop single to put two runners on with two outs.  Victor Martinez then hit a single to right to drive in Cabrera and then Infante hit a single to left to bring home Fielder and the Tigers led 3-1 after six innings.

The Tigers added one more run in the seventh inning.  Alex Avila started the inning with a single and then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Hunter then came up with a two out single to bring home Avila and give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.  The Mariners added a run the eighth inning to cut the lead to 4-2, but that was as close as they would get as Joaquin Benoit came in the ninth inning to record his 21st save of the season.

The Tigers will look to pick-up another win tomorrow against the Mariners.  Anibal Sanchez (14-7 2.50 ERA) is set to take the mound for Detroit.  Seattle will send Brandon Maurer (4-8 7.18 ERA) to the bump.  Broadcast time tomorrow is set for 6:40 pm on AM 590 WKZO.

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