Tigers 8, Royals 2
It was another banner night for Rick Porcello (5 GS, 32 IP, 3.66 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 0.7 fWAR), who scattered four hits and two runs across seven excellent innings in which he struck out six Kansas City Royals. He allowed a run on a sac fly in the first and on a solo shot in the fourth, but set down the final 12 men he faced and was never in trouble. The bats came to his aid with two in the third, three in the fourth, and three in the seventh to make this a comfortable one for Rick and the bullpen. Martinez had a three hit day and Avila swatted a two run homer to right center in the effort. The win lifts the Tigers to 15-9 and will give them a chance to take the series Saturday behind Drew Smyly (2 GS, 15 IP, 3.60 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.2 fWAR).
The Moment: Avila delivers a two run blast in the fourth.