Rick Porcello tossed seven scoreless innings and out-pitched Javier Vasquez to lead Detroit to a 2-0 win over New York Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. It was the first game of a doubleheader.
Detroit has won two straight against New York after losing seven of their last eight games against the Yankees. New York was shutout for the first time since a 6-0 loss at Toronto on Sept. 4, 2009.
Porcello (3-3), who entered the game with a 7.50 ERA, limited the Yankees to four hits over seven innings. He also struck out two and walked three. In his only start against New York last season, he allowed six runs in 3.2 innings.
Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
Despite taking the loss, Vasquez (1-4) had his most effective start of the season.
Vasquez entered the game with a 9.78 ERA, yet held Detroit scoreless over the first five innings. By the time he left the game after the seventh inning, he had allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Yankees only two scoring chances came in the second and fourth innings. In the second, Porcello escaped a two-out, bases loaded jam. He also pitched around Jorge Posada’s one-out double in the fourth.
Detroit broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth.
With runners at first and third and no outs, Magglio Ordonez’s RBI fielder’s choice scored the first run. After Miguel Cabrera singled, Brennan Boesch delivered a run-scoring single for his fourth RBI of the series to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.
New York will look to end their three-game losing streak in the nightcap of the doubleheader. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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