ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Rick Porcello went to his normal spot on the Detroit Tigers bench after the eighth inning. He had every intention to finish what he started.
With a few pitches to spare, Porcello got his first career shutout, a three-hitter in a 6-0 decision over the sinking Texas Rangers on Thursday for Detroit’s seventh consecutive win.
“This is extremely special to me,” Porcello said.
Porcello (10-4) threw 105 pitches through eight innings. Porcello limited the Rangers to three singles and benefited from three 4-6-3 double plays (second baseman Ian Kinsler to shortstop Eugenio Sanchez to first baseman Miguel Cabrera), including one after Texas had consecutive hits in the sixth.
The right-hander struck out six and walked three, throwing 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes.
Miguel Cabrera had four hits and Austin Jackson hit a two-run single for the AL Central leaders.
Angels 6, Twins 4
In Anaheim, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece for Los Angeles.
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 0
In Toronto, Adam Lind had three hits and three RBIs, and J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7⅔ innings in the Blue Jays’ shutout of Chicago.
Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-4 and scored a run in the win.
Pirates 5, Mets 2
In Pittsburgh, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up five runs in six innings as New York lost to the Pirates.
Matsuzaka (3-2) gave up five hits, walked four, struck out four and lost his second straight start.
Cubs 5, Nationals 3
In Chicago, Justin Ruggiano’s two-out, two-run double broke a tie in the seventh.
Reds 3, Giants 1
In San Francisco, Brandon Phillips homered among his three hits and scored twice in his return to the lineup.
Brewers 7, Rockies 4
In Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks had three hits, including a leadoff home run, and Wily Peralta won his fifth consecutive start.
Phillies 5, Marlins 3 (14)
In Philadelphia, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in the 14th to lift the Phillies over Miami.
Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0
In Los Angeles, pinch hitter Justin Turner delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning off Adam Wainwright.
Astros 6, Braves 1
In Houston, Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run homer.