The Tigers got a fine outing from Rick Porcello, and their bats finally came alive as they downed the Seattle Mariners 4-2 at Comerica Park on Monday night.
Porcello racked up 10 strikeouts over seven innings to get the win. That's the second-highest number of strikeouts in a game for Porcello; his career high is 11.
The Tigers got on the board early as Torii Hunter scored in the bottom of the 1st on a wild
pitch by Mariners starter Joe Saunders.
Seattle tied it up at 1-1 on a homer to right by Abraham Almonte.
Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the 6th when the Tigers took the lead 2-1 as Miguel
Cabrera scored on a single to right by Victor Martinez.
Omar Infante, despite being helped off the field after being hit in the ankle while fielding grounders during batting practice, followed with a line drive single to left, scoring Prince Fielder from third to make it 3-1.
The Tigers added a run in the seventh as Alex Avila made it home on a single to center by Torii Hunter.
The Mariners threatened as Justin Smoak singled to left fielder off reliever Drew Smyly in the 7th, scoring Raul Ibanez.
But Jose Veras came on to shut down the Mariners in the 8th..
Joaquin Benoit came on in the ninth and initially struggled a bit to find the strike zone, walking the leadoff hitter. A double play followed to set up Benoit for the final out to notch his 21st save of the season.
With the win, the Tigers' magic number drops to 8.
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There's news on several Tigers on the mend.
Danny Worth is done for the season after suffering a separated shoulder nearly two weeks in Kansas City after making a diving stop at third base. The injury will not require surgery, but Worth will begin a six-week rehab program immediately. (tigers.com)
After a few days of being listed as unavailable due to tendinitis and inflammation in his right thumb, there was good news today about Jeremy Bonderman. Bondo was able to throw a breaking ball without pain on Monday. Injuries are nothing new to Bonderman, who missed all of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery. (tigers.com)
Another Tiger listed as unavailable lately in the bullpen, Bruce Rondon, may be available soon, too (tigers.com)