Rick Porcello held the Chicago White Sox to just one run over 7 2/3 innings pitched in a no-decision, as the Tigers defeated the White Sox 3-2.
Porcello allowed eight hits, a walk while striking out four batters. Adam Dunn connected with a solo home run during the fourth innings.
The afternoons gem was the right hander’s sixth consecutive quality start for the Tigers. Over his last 12 outings starting near the end of May, Porcello has just given up three or fewer runs 10 times. That stretch lowered his ERA from 6.28 to 4.28, exactly two runs.
Victor Martinez finished the day 2 for 3 with two walks, a run scored in the victory. He went 0-7 in the series first two games. Martinez was dreadful in April and May but had a decent month of June, leading to an amazing July for the veteran catcher/designated hitter. He has been hitting .390/.429/.581 and collected 20 RBI’s in his last 105 at-bats.
Martinez entered play on Sunday, batting .339/.362/.482 in the second half of the season.
Adam Dunn went 4 for 5, with a solo home run off of Porcello. Dunn’s second four hit game of the season spiked his batting average from .218 to .226. He’s currently on pace to hit 39 home runs and 100 RBI’s, his 26 home runs ranks him fifth in the American League.
Andre Rienzo picked up a no-decision today, giving up two runs over six innings. He struck out three and walked three. The 25 year old right handed pitcher took the spot of recently traded Jake Peavy in the rotation.
He has a 1.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP over 13 innings.