Rick Porcello did something that he has never done in his young career Thursday night in Texas. Porcello earned his first career shutout, leading the Tigers to a 6-0 victory, and their seventh win in a row. Porcello threw a total of 115 pitches in getting the shutout. He only allowed three hits and struck out six, earning win number 10 on the season.
The right-hander threw 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes. It was just the second complete game for Porcello in 164 of his major league starts as a member of the Tigers. He has won at least 10 games in each of his six seasons.
Porcello had plenty of run support, as the Detroit offense combined for 12 hits in the game. Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera had four hits to lead the offense while Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Nick Castellanos all added a pair of hits as well.
With the win, Detroit earned a three-game sweep over the Rangers, and currently have a major league leading seven game winning streak, while Texas has the longest losing streak in the majors, dropping their last eight games.
Texas has struggled so far in the first half of the season, and the losing streak they are on is their longest since 2005. The Rangers have struggled at home this year as well, holding an overall record of 16-22 in Arlington.
It was the fourth shutout for the Tigers this season, who are back in first place in the American League Central Division after giving up the lead just over a week ago.
Detroit has been a streaky team thus far in 2014, getting off to one of the major leagues hottest starts to begin the year, before hitting a rough patch and losing their Division lead until now. Their seventh win in a row comes as they prepare to start a three game series with the Houston Astros who have been playing much better since the last time the two teams met back in May.
The Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the mound for Friday nights game at Minute Maid Park. Verlander will be looking to pick up right where he left off in his last outing where he pitched seven solid innings and had his best start in over a month. Detroit hopes their ace can turn his season around starting Friday in Houston. Verlander will come into the game with a losing record of 6-7 on the year, holding onto an ERA near 5.00.