The Tigers were bombed by Baltimore 13-to-3 yesterday afternoon as the Orioles took the rubber game of the 3-game set in Detroit. The defeat trimmed the first place Tigers lead in Central Division to 3-and-a-half games over the second place Indians and now Detroit has to face the team with the best record in the American League with the Boston Red Sox on deck for a four game series beginning tonight at Comerica Park. Wednesday’s game with Baltimore blew up for the Tigers in the fourth inning when the Orioles scored six runs off Detroit starter Rick Porcello. The loss left Porcello with a 4-and-4 record.
Baltimore D-H Chris Davis blasted a pair of home runs yesterday, giving him a major league leading 26 homers. After connecting off Porcello for a 2-run shot in the fourth, Davis added another two run homer in the ninth off embattled reliever Jose Valverde.
On a bright note for the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera had two hits and became the first player to have at least 100 hits and 71 rbi’s through his team’s first 70 games since the great Ted Williams did it with Boston in 1948. Getting the start tonight for the Tigers against the Red Sox will be rookie left hander Jose Alvarez, who was impressive with a win in his big league debut against the Indians on June Ninth.
The White Sox lost 7-to-4 last night at Minnesota while the Cubs fell 4-to-1 at St. Louis.