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Porcello Gets First Career Shutout; Other MLB Scores
Friday Jun 27, 2014 12:00am

Porcello tosses first career shutout
(ARLINGTON) – Rick Porcello went to his normal spot on the Detroit Tigers bench after the eighth inning. He had every intention to finish what he started. With a few pitches to spare, Porcello got his first career shutout, a 6-0 three-hitter over the sinking Texas Rangers on Thursday night for Detroit's seventh consecutive victory. 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. Porcello limited the Rangers to three singles and benefited from three 4-6-3 double plays (second baseman Ian Kinsler to shortstop Eugenio Sanchez to first baseman Miguel Cabrera), including one after Texas had consecutive hits in the sixth. The right-hander struck out six and walked three, throwing 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes. It was only the second complete game for Porcello in 164 major league starts, all for the Tigers since 2009, and he has won at least 10 games in each of his six seasons. Miguel Cabrera had four hits and Austin Jackson hit a two-run single for the AL Central leaders, who completed a three-game sweep. Kinsler, the former Ranger, homered in his first at-bat Tuesday in his return to Texas as an opponent. Kinsler went 6 for 12 in the series with four runs and four RBIs.


Toronto shuts out Chicago 7-0
(TORONTO) - Hammered for a season-high seven runs in a blowout loss at Cincinnati last week, Blue Jays left-hander J.A Happ bounced back with his best start of the season. Going up against the tired, scuffling Chicago White Sox didn't hurt. Adam Lind had three hits and three RBI's, Happ pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the White Sox 7-0 Thursday night. Hit hard in an 11-1 loss to the Reds on Saturday, Happ said he used that poor start to motivate himself for this one. Jose Reyes had four hits and scored twice as the AL East-leading Blue Jays reached the midpoint of the season at 45-36 and handed the struggling White Sox their seventh loss in eight games. Chicago lost for the 10th time in 11 road games. Chicago was coming off a deflating, 12-inning loss at Baltimore on Wednesday that saw them blow a four-run lead in the eighth, then endure a rain delay in extra innings. They didn't arrive at their Toronto hotel until almost sunrise. Happ (7-4) allowed four hits to win for the third time in five starts. The left-hander walked two and struck out a season-high eight. Starting for the first time since May 19, White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll (2-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Carroll, who walked two and struck out four, returned to the rotation in place of Andre Rienzo, who was moved to the bullpen.


OTHER THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
LA Angels 6 – Minnesota 4


THURSDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Houston 6 - Atlanta 1


Cubs beat Nationals 5-3
(CHICAGO) - Don't ask Justin Ruggiano about his achievements, ask him about teammate Junior Lake. Ruggiano's two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning provided the margin of victory in the Chicago Cubs' 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Yet the outfielder seemed more interested in talking about Lake. While Lake left in the second inning and had no effect on the outcome, he definitely had an impact, literally and figuratively, with a mad dash in center field after a ball and a hard slide into a metal door built into the brick outfield wall at Wrigley Field. Although Lake left the game, the Cubs reported his only injuries were bruises, one on his head and one on his knee. Besides Ruggiano's heroics, he went 2 for 4 and also had a run scored, Starlin Castro had two RBI's and Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored. The Cubs had dropped four of five games before the win in cold conditions with a dense fog blowing in off Lake Michigan. Neither starter was involved in the decision. The Cubs' Travis Wood gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and was hurt most by five walks. Washington's Doug Fister, also allowed three runs on seven hits. Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez (1-1) got the win and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.


OTHER THURSDAY N.L. SCORES
Philadelphia 5 – Miami 3
Pittsburgh 5 – NY Mets 2
Milwaukee 7 – Colorado 4
LA Dodgers 1 – St. Louis 1
Cincinnati 3 – San Francisco 1


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