DETROIT (AP) – The Colorado Rockies stayed with the Detroit Tigers early but just couldn’t keep up the pace.
The Rockies lost 11-5 to the Tigers on Saturday night as starter Tyler Matzek (2-6) was hammered for eight runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings.
“I was just up in the zone a little bit,” Matzek said. “I was hitting the sides all right, but I left some of them up and they were getting to them.”
The game was tied 2-2 after two innings but Detroit scored in all eight innings they batted.
“That’s a tough lineup to get through,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez all homered for Detroit. Alex Avila had three hits and drove in two runs and Ian Kinsler had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, who got at least a hit from each batter in the starting lineup.
“It was perfect the way everyone hit. Everyone contributed in some fashion,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “Nice to see us get some separation. Our offense has been kind of sluggish the last week-to-10 days.”
Colorado didn’t score again until it managed three in the ninth, after matters had been decided.
That’s because Rick Porcello (13-5) found his groove after laboring the first two innings. He allowed two runs and five hits and struck out a season-high 10.
“He had some really good movement and kept pitches in the strike zone,” Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon said. “He was able to mix them up pretty well.”
Weiss added: “He had very good command and pitched to the edge of the plate. That’s why he’s having a good year.”
Colorado scored three in the ninth off of reliever Patrick McCoy.
Cabrera broke a 2-2 tie with two outs in the third with his 17th home run, a tape measure solo shot, that put Detroit up for good. The drive to center field was estimated by ESPN Stats & Info at 445 feet.
“Just a hanging changeup left over the plate, the outer half,” Matzek said.
Obviously, Porcello had a different take on it.
“You can’t help to be excited when you see that,” Porcello said. “I was a fan there. Pretty fun.”
It was the first time Detroit scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home win since 1912.
UP NEXT: Sanchez (7-5, 3.57) goes against Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.20) of the Rockies in Sunday’s finale of the three-game series. It will be the 19th consecutive start by a left-hander for Colorado. The major league record (since 1914) is 20 straight by the 1982 Kansas City Royals. Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is hitting .316 (6 for 19) against Sanchez with two RBIs.
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