Rick Porcello got off to a rough start, walking two and loading the bases in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox. He would find a way to wriggle out of that jam trailing only 1-0, then got into a groove to shut down the Sox while his offense continued to put a beat-down on Chicago pitching. The Tigers pounded out 21 hits en route to a 14-4 laugher over the Sox. The Tiger magic number to clinch the American League Central is now 6.
Porcello went six and two thirds innings and gave up three runs in collecting his 14th win of the season. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit, Ryan Raburn had 4 hits, including a home run and 3 RBI, Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer and had 3 RBI, Brandon Inge had 3 hits and raised his average above .200. The Tigers scored 3 in the second inning, 2 in the third, 1 in the fourth, 2 in the fifth and 6 in the sixth. The Tigers are now 85-62 and trail the Yankees by just 3 games for the best record in the American League. The Tigers have a good chance to earn home-field advantage in the first round of the postseason, and perhaps even the second round. The team is certainly on a roll. The last time the Tigers had a 9-game win streak was 1984 (world champions). The last time they won 10 in a row was 1968 (world champions). Call it coincidence if you want, but this team is getting hot at the right time of the season. Justin Verlander will start on the mound for the Tigers tomorrow night against Chicago's Gavin Floyd. Verlander will be trying for his 23rd win of the season as Detroit aims to extend their win streak to 11 games. 8:10 first pitch.