The Tigers halted a four-game losing streak behind three RBIs from cleanup hitter, Victor Martinez.
J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh inning, and Joba Chamberlain got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit into a crucial double play in the eighth.
Anibal Sanchez (1-2) gave up nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit, which lost for the second time in 11 games this season.
Castellanos went for second and Garcia made a one-hop throw. Replays appeared to show Ramirez tagging him on the toe.
Ian Kinsler hit an RBI single and Yoenis Cespedes doubled in two runs during a four-run ninth inning as the Detroit Tigers stayed unbeaten with a 9-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Alfredo Simon took a shutout into the sixth in his debut for Detroit and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer as the Tigers won their fourth straight game to start the season.
Porcello spent all six of his previous MLB seasons in Detroit, posting a 76-63 record with a 4.30 ERA.
Joy filled the air at America’s ballparks and it even permeated its way into the social media universe as well.
Tonight we begin the transition from March Madness to baseball as the MLB season prepares to kick off when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Chicago Cubs.
Simon retired his first 14 batters before Desmond Jennings singled with two outs in the fifth and struck out three.