Cleveland, OH — A sold out Progressive Field crowd was left wanting as the Cleveland lineup mustered no runs against Detroit starter Rick Porcello, as the Tigers beat the Indians 7-0 in the opener of a four-game series. The Tribe now trails the Tigers by 2.5 games in the American League Central, but still has a chance to move to the top of the standings with three more games against Detroit wrapping around the weekend.
Porcello (5-6, 4.82) pitched like an ace, holding the Indians to just five hits over seven innings of work. He was never really threatened outside of a Carlos Santana fly out to the warning track in center field to end the sixth. The righty fueled a dominant performance by the visiting team in the first matchup between the division leaders.
"He worked ahead," said manager Terry Francona. "He threw strike one. He reached back for extra velocity when he needed it."
Al Alburquerque and Bruce Rondon pitched the eighth and ninth to preserve the shutout. It was the first ti...