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Porcello Throws 7 Shutout Innings, Tigers Top Rays

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(Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

(Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Porcello allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday night.

Porcello (6-5) struck out four in winning for the third time in four starts.

Jackson put the Tigers up 4-0 with his eighth homer in the eighth off Joel Peralta, who returned after serving an eight-game suspension for having pine tar on his glove.

After Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit gave up solo homers to pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Pena in the eighth, Jhonny Peralta gave Detroit a 6-2 lead with a two-run single in the ninth.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-4) left in the third after being struck in the lower right leg by Prince Fielder’s liner. The Rays said Hellickson, who missed his previous two starts because of right shoulder inflammation, has a bruised shin and X-rays were negative.

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