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Porcello throws three-hitter for surging Tigers

AP, Kyodo

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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.

INTERLEAGUE

Astros 6, Braves 1

In Houston, Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with a three-run homer.