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NAIL-BITER.....TIGERS 6, Kansas City 4, F 7/8/11
Posted on: 07-08-2011

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>>caption:   ORDONEZ HOMERED


      Rick Porcello and a parade
of Tiger relievers were just
barely good enough to get by
the Royals 6-4 Friday night in
Kansas City.
      Detroit's third straight win coupled with a Cleveland defeat moved Detroit
within a half game of the AL-Central leading Indians.
      In a nervous finish, Tiger closer Jose Valverde (the fifth Tiger pitcher of
the night) permitted the Royals to load the bases on 31-pitches in the B-9th
before getting his third save in as many days. Papa Grande is 23-for-23 in
save situations this year.
      The game had a rocky beginning with both starters throwing 70-pitches
in the first 3-INN when all but two of the runs (all but one for each team)
were scored. Amazingly, both hurlers pitched into the 6th-INN.
      Porcello got his second straight win (8-6), but was yanked after 5.1-IP
and 90-pitches/65-strikes. Porcello gave up 3-R/1-ER on 6-H & 1-W with 5-K.
After his poor start in the B-1st, Porcello did rally to strike-out the side in
the B-2nd.
      Royals starter Kyle Davies saw his bad season get worse, tossing 6-IP on
106-pitches/60-strikes to get tagged for 5-R/5-ER on 9-H & 3-W with 4-K.
Davies saw his season record fall to 1-8 while his ERA actually dropped three
ticks from 7.77 to 7.74. It's not just this year's struggles that have plagued
Davies against Detroit. Davies fell to 0-2 vs the Tigers this season and 3-10
in his MLB career.               
      Magglio Ordonez jump-started the Tiger offense with a 1-out, T-1st,
2rHR (#3) to the Royals bullpen in LField.
      The Royals came right back to tie it up with a 2-R/B-1st of a Jeff
Francoeur sac-fly followed by a Mike Moustakas RBI-G'out during a 32-
pitch Porcello performance. All the trouble started when Tiger 3Bman
Brandon Inge bobbled a grounder by Royals lead-off man Chris Getz for
an error, making both runs unearned.   
      Detroit loaded the bases in the T-2nd and regained the lead , but got
just a lone run on an Andy Dirks RBI-G'out.
      The Tigers made it 5-2/T-3rd on a Victor Martinez RBI-G'out and next
man Jhonny Peralta doubled down the LField line for another Tiger tally.
      Longtime Tiger nemesis Billy Butler drove in a run with a B-3rd RBI-1B
to make it 5-3, KayCee's third consecutive basehit to open the frame.   
      The Royals inched within 5-4/B-7th off first Tiger reliever David Purcey
on a Melky Cabrera RBI-2B.
      A Brennan Boesch RBI-G'out in the T-9th off third Kansas City hurler Tim
Collins plated an insurance run for a 6-4 final.
      Playing in front of a flock of family and friends from Hutchinson, KS (expected
to grow to 100 Saturday), Tiger rookie Andy Dirks went 3-for-5 with a double,
R & RBI. Ordonrez was 2-for-3 and Peralta 2-for-4.
      Melky Cabrera and Alex Gordon both went 3-for-4 for Kansas City.
         DET          6-12-1, 6-LOB          (W) Porcello, 8-6; (S) Valverde, #23
         KC             4-9-0, 9-LOB               (L) Davies, 1-8         


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "We got it done...Porcello was pretty good, he
rushed a few times...We got some big hits...Puttin' the ball in play was good
...The guys deserve it and they need it."   

TIGERS CF-LF ANDY DIRKS:    "I had some balls go in the hole for me...Valverde
did a good job and just made a good pitch when he had to."
TIGERS RF MAGGLIO ORDONEZ:    "For me hitting the ball hard is just a matter
of time. You just have to be patient....My confidence [is] always there...I get
my rhythm back and feel good...It's always nice to hit [a] homerun."


      Late during the game it was announced Tiger SStop Peralta had been named
as an AL All-Star injury replacement for NY Yankee Derek Jeter (sore calf).
Peralta's addition gives Detroit five players on the AL All-Star squad.
      Ordonez' homer was the third in his career off Davies.
      Restricted from swinging a bat due to inflammation in his left wrist, Tiger
Austin Jackson entered the game in the T-9th as a pinch-runner and stayed in
as a defensive replacement in CField in the B-9th.
      Getz suffered his first MLB ejection in the B-5th, disputing his out call at
1Base by umpire Tom Hallion.  
    Davies hasn't won since his second start of the season April 13TH at
      RHP Luke Hochrevar (5-8) of Kansas City and LHP Charlie Furbusdh (1-2)
for Detroit are the probable pitchers for game three of the series Saturday


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