Porcello throws rare zero-strikeout shutout to lift Tigers over Athletics

AP, Kyodo

The Detroit Tigers aren’t just winning games this week. They are making history.

One night after Rajai Davis hit Detroit’s first game-ending grand slam in 10 years, Rick Porcello significantly raised the bar.

In a 3-0 win over Oakland, Porcello became just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to throw a shutout without walking or striking out a batter, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944.

Porcello was still slightly disappointed by his 95-pitch outing.

“In the last couple innings, I was hoping I’d get at least one strikeout,” he said. “I didn’t want to go out there and put up a zero. Still, with a game like this, I’m certainly not going to trade it in for anything.”

Porcello recorded 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air while becoming the first major-leaguer to accomplish the feat since Baltimore’s Jeff Ballard on Aug. 21, 1989.

“To be honest, it was pretty boring out there,” said Torii Hunter, who didn’t record an out in right field. “But that just shows you how great he was tonight. He was throwing that sinker right down the middle, and it was dropping out of the strike zone, and they were just beating it into the ground.”

Rays 2, Yankees 1

In New York, Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda yielded two runs over eight innings but was on the losing end of a pitching duel against lefty David Price.

Kuroda (5-6) scattered nine hits, struck out seven and walked one in his longest outing of the season.

“Even if you pitch a good game, if you lose, it doesn’t feel good,” Kuroda said.

Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig’s team record for doubles (534) as New York equaled its worst skid this year with its fourth loss in a row.

Mariners 13, Astros 2

In Houston, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBIs apiece and James Jones added two.

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits while striking out seven.

Angels 8, White Sox 4 (1st)

Angels 7, White Sox 5 (2nd)

In Chicago, Kole Calhoun homered and scored twice in the nightcap to help Los Angeles complete a doubleheader sweep.

In the early game, Albert Pujols hit his 509th home run, and Mike Trout connected for a three-run drive.

Twins 10, Royals 2

In Minneapolis, Joe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury.

Orioles 8, Rangers 3

In Baltimore, Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run, and Steve Pearce and Caleb Joseph also went deep.


Braves 5, Mets 4

In Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single sparked a three-run fourth that sent the streaking Braves past Daisuke Matsuzaka and New York.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. He has lost three straight starts.

Giants 5, Cardinals 0

In San Francisco, Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings and allowing four hits.

Nationals 7, Rockies 1

In Washington, Stephen Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7⅔ dominant innings against Colorado.

Marlins 5, Phillies 4 (11)

In Miami, Ed Lucas’ single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th.

Pirates 3 Diamondbacks 2

In Pittsburgh, Starling Marte hit a two-run double to tie the game with one out in the ninth inning and then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis’ single two batters later.

Cubs 2, Red Sox 1

In Boston, Luis Valbuena broke a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, who fell to 3-2 on the season.

Padres 8, Reds 2

In San Diego, Seth Smith hit a home run and scored three runs, Carlos Quentin also homered and the Padres pounded out 16 hits.


Blue Jays 4, Brewers 1

In Toronto, Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit solo home runs, and Drew Hutchison struck out a career-high 10.

Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-3 for the Blue Jays.

Indians 10, Dodgers 3

In Los Angeles, Cleveland turned an unorthodox 7-4-2 triple play in the fourth inning that required two replay reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits.

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Dodgers.