Rick Porcello tossed his first career shutout and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers, 6-0, in the finale of a three-game set.
Miguel Cabrera posted four hits, an RBI and a run scored in the triumph.
“That is extremely special to me,” said Porcello. “The other thing that’s special is that we won the first six on this road trip. I’m happy that we are all back to playing good baseball and we’re all contributing.”
Porcello (10-4) threw 105 pitches through eight innings. With relievers moving around in the bullpen, manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones discussed what to do with the right-hander, who did his best to avoid eye contact and then needed only 10 pitches in the ninth to get three groundball outs.
Austin Jackson drove in a pair of runs and Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos each had two hits for the Tigers, who completed a three-game sweep and have amassed 43 runs in winning the first six contests on the current nine-game road trip.
Nick Martinez (1-5) lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks to fall to 0-4 over his last six starts.
The Rangers mustered only three singles en route to dropping eight in a row for the first time since August 2005.
Singles by Castellanos and Alex Avila along with a walk to Kinsler loaded the bases in the second for Detroit before Torii Hunter drew a walk to force in the game’s first run. Jackson’s two-run single in the third preceded consecutive back-to-back walks to end Nick Martinez’s night in favor of Scott Baker, who surrendered a run-scoring single to Kinsler for a 4-0 lead.
Singles by Cabrera and Victor Martinez put runners at the corner in the fourth before J.D. Martinez delivered a sacrifice fly. Meanwhile, the Rangers managed only one hit through five innings and had another threat snuffed out when Elvis Andrus hit into their third double play in the sixth after Luis Sardiñas and Leonys Martin opened the inning with singles.
“Guys getting some base hits and getting hits with runners in scoring position. That’s what it’s going to take,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “It’s just as simple as that. We have an opportunity to cash them in. We’re just not doing it.”
Cabrera’s RBI double in the eighth capped the scoring.
“We’re playing good baseball as a team, and we’re confident as a group right now,” Kinsler said. “It’s just a lot of fun playing ball that way.”
Kinsler extended his hitting streak to six games while Victor Martinez registered his eighth multiple-hit contest in the last 12.
J.D. Martinez had his career-high 14-game hitting streak snapped but he collected his 18th RBI in his last 12 games.