Detroit, MI (WKZO) – The Tigers 3-4-5 hitters combined for nine hits, five RBIs and four runs scored as they rebounded on Wednesday night to take the middle of game of their three series with the Chicago White Sox 8-5.
Rick Porcello picked up his second win in a row and first at Comerica Park in over a month after tossing six innings, allowing three runs – all earned – on seven hits while striking out six and walking none.
The Tigers had 15 hits including three each from Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez.
Fielder’s first hit opened the scoring for the Tigers with a two run blast in the first inning, his 15th long ball of the season. Cabrera’s three hits helped him regain the overall hit lead in the American League and Victor Martinez continued his hot hitting as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Tiger’s power trio hit back-to-back-to-back singles in the sixth inning scoring the final three runs of the game for Detroit.
Alex Avila had a two-run single in the third inning to increase the Tigers lead to 5-1.
Bruce Rondon allowed two runs in the seventh inning. Drew Smyly tossed a scoreless eighth and Joaquin Benoit closed out the ninth for his eighth save in as many opportunities.
Dylan Axelrod was roughed by allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham each hit solo home runs for the White Sox.
Tigers look for the series win on Thursday afternoon. Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70 ERA) gets the start for the Tigers against White Sox All-Star lefty Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78)