RHP Rick Porcello has not seen the Tigers score a run in each of his last three starts while he was in the game, leading to predictable results. Porcello began with four innings of shutout ball Thursday at Kansas City, then limited the Royals to one run in the fifth after they loaded the bases with nobody out. “He showed me a lot,” C Gerald Laird said. “Bases loaded and nobody out, and he held them to one run. That says a lot about him.” Manager Jim Leyland said, “That inning, he got the ball up a little bit, then the next inning he started to really get it up. I thought he was on a roll until then.” Porcello gave up a leadoff home run in the sixth, followed by a double and a single to get chased from the game, but neither of those runners scored. In his previous start, Porcello pitched six innings, the first five scoreless before allowing two runs in the sixth, leaving with a 2-0 deficit. On Aug. 18, he gave up a three-run home run three batters into the seventh, which began scoreless.

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