Tigers 6, Giants 3
The Detroit Tigers capped a feel-good day with some sadness.
Magglio Ordonez hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in
the seventh inning and Detroit went on to beat the San Francisco
Giants 6-3 Sunday.
The Tigers found out at least four of them were All-Stars before
the game, but no one was in the mood to celebrate the win or the
selections because pitching coach Rick Knapp was fired soon after
the final out.
”Mixed emotions, obviously,” manager Jim Leyland said. ”We
just felt like it wasn’t working.”
Rick Porcello (7-6) gave up three runs and five hits over seven
innings in a much-needed performance for Detroit’s suddenly shaky
rotation. He became the fifth pitcher since 1919 to have three wild
pitches and hit three batters in a game.
”A little bit wild, but his stuff was much better,” Leyland
Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth, getting a lead-saving catch
from left fielder Ryan Raburn. All-Star Jose Valverde closed the
game for his 20th save in as many chances.
Jeremy Affeldt (1-2) took the loss after third baseman Miguel
Tejada’s throwing error extended the seventh inning. Ordonez took
advantage with a single off Santiago Casilla that put Detroit ahead
Brandon Inge gave the Tigers a three-run lead in the eighth with
a two-run, two-out triple.
Detroit had lost two straight and four of five, falling out of
first place in the AL Central.
”It was a big win because good teams don’t get swept,” said
Brennan Boesch, who hit a game-tying homer in the fourth.
The NL-West leading Giants had won nine of 11.
”You can see why they’re the world champions,” Leyland
San Francisco appeared to have a shot to retake the lead in the
eighth inning when Aaron Rowand drove a ball to left-center, but
Raburn sprinted and fully extended to snatch the ball.
”From my angle I didn’t think Raburn had a chance, but he made
a great diving catch,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”If he
doesn’t make that, we take the lead and then we have a different
Porcello gave up a double on his first pitch, then allowed only
one more hit before Brandon Crawford’s RBI groundout in the fourth
inning. Detroit tied it in the home half with Boesch’s solo homer
off the foul pole in right.
The Giants went ahead in the fifth on Porcello’s wild pitch and
Cody Ross’ RBI single gave them a 3-1 lead.
Detroit cut into the deficit when Miguel Cabrera hit a single to
left and Ross mishandled it, allowing Boesch to score on the
Tejada had a chance to keep the Tigers scoreless in the seventh,
but his throw across the diamond in the dirt wasn’t scooped up by
first baseman Pablo Sandoval on what should’ve been the third out
of the inning.
”The error really hurt us because we had a chance to get out of
that,” Bochy said. ”This was a tough one to lose. It would have
been a big boost to sweep this team.
San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong, a first-time All-Star,
allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits and four walks in 6
NOTES: Bochy picked three of his pitchers – Matt Cain, Tim
Lincecum and Vogelsong – to be All-Stars and another one, Brian
Wilson, was selected by the players. … Detroit’s Alex Avila was
voted an All-Star by the fans, Cabrera and Justin Verlander were
picked by the players, Valverde was a manager’s selection, and
Victor Martinez has a chance to be voted in as the Tigers’ fifth
player. … San Francisco matched a season high with three errors.
… Porcello joined Victor Zambrano (2003), Joe Niekro (1985), Pete
Broberg (1971), Rip Collins (1923) as the pitchers since 1919 to
have to hit at least three batters and have at least three wild
pitches in a game. … Sandoval extended his career high hitting
streak to 14 games. … The Tigers recalled LHP Adam Wilk from
Triple-A Toledo and optioned RHP Brayan Villarreal to the Mud