Porcello, Tigers blank Rays
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Porcello tossed his third shutout of the season and the Detroit Tigers grabbed a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a three-game set.
Porcello (14-8) gave up just three hits and struck out four, retiring 20 straight batters at one point, to snap a string of three straight losing starts.
Victor Martinez provided a grand slam and five RBI while Ian Kinsler drove in the other run for the Tigers, who have won five of the last seven games.
The win moves Detroit 1 1/2 games back of Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. The Royals are currently playing the Rockies.
Jake Odorizzi (9-10) allowed three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
08/20 21:58:44 ET