Tigers Sweep Away Mets Thanks (Mostly) to Strong Porcello Outing and Cabrera Blast

You can only hope to contain him.

You can only hope to contain him.

Rick Porcello pitched a strong ballgame, going seven and allowing only three runs, and the Tigers offense exploded in the late innings to cap off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.

Miguel Cabrera got things started in the first inning with a mammoth two-run homer, and the Tigers held a 2-1 lead until Travis d’Arnaud hit his first career homer, a two-run shot, in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets’ lead lasted until the sixth, when Andy Dirks hit a two-run homer of his own off Mets stater Dillon Gee to take the lead right back.

The Tigers held onto the 4-3 lead until ninth, when they jumped on LaTroy Hawkins, the Mets’ current closer while Bobby Parnell is on the DL, and Scott Atchison for seven runs to extend their lead to 11-3. Jeremy Bonderman came on in the ninth and finished off the victory and the sweep.

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Bullet Points

  • Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless eighth and picked up a hold.
  • José Iglesias still wasn’t available after getting drilled on the elbow in the first game of the series. X-rays came back negative, though.
  • Cabrera now has 42 homers on the season. Chris Davis failed to homer in the Orioles’ game against the Tigers’ upcoming opponent, the Oakland A’s, so Cabrera is now four homers behind the HR leader.
  • Omar Infante went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
  • With the victory, Porcello has now reached double digit win totals in each of his first five seasons.

    Anibal Sánchez (11-7, 2.45 ERA) takes on A.J. Griffin (10-9, 3.84 ERA) in Detroit tomorrow at 7:08pm.

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