The bottom of the Tigers order has not exactly carried its weight in the second half but they did the job tonight leading the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Rays. The middle of the order was quiet but Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird and Adam Everett combined for five hits and five RBI. Lead-off hitter Curtis Granderson also added two hits. Curtis has gone 7 for 24 with 5 extra base hits since being benched for two games after a 0 for 13 spell.
Rick Porcello threw over 100 pitches for the first time this year reaching 104 before being removed with two outs in the fifth inning. The rookie right-hander allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Lyon threw two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts to help preserve the victory. In case anyone has not noticed, Lyon has been tremendous since June. Brandon has a 1.32 ERA and a 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings since June 1.
The Tigers have now won three of four from tough oppoents this week and increased their lead to 4 1/2 games tonight. The new second place team is the Twins who beat the Rangers 3-2 tonight and have won eight of their last ten. The White Sox fell to 5 back losing 5-2 to the Yankees in extra innings.