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DET@TEX: Jackson's single scores a pair

ARLINGTON -- For the second straight night Tuesday, the Tigers did exactly what you have to do in Texas -- hitters pound the baseball, and pitchers pound the strike zone.

The Tigers cranked out 20 hits a night after breaking out for 18, and Rick Porcello went after the Rangers and put up six solid innings as Detroit routed Texas, 8-1, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Tigers already have their second road series victory on this trip wrapped up headed into Wednesday's finale against the Rangers' Alexi Ogando. The Tigers are swinging hot bats up and down the lineup -- everyone in the starting lineup had a hit. The Tigers hammered out at least 18 hits in back-to-back games for the 11th time in club history, and the first time since 1993.

"That's the best of both worlds, yes," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Everybody doing a little something. That usually means good things are going to happen."

The Tigers waited a few innings before scoring four runs in the top of the fourth. Victor Martinez started the rally with a double. After Jhonny Peralta struck out, Alex Avila singled to left to put runners at first and third. Ryan Raburn followed with an RBI single to left for a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers continued to grind away at Rangers starter Matt Harrison. Danny Worth walked, and Austin Jackson had a two-run bloop single into right-center field for a 3-0 lead. Casper Wells capped the rally with a double to left to score Jackson for a 4-0 lead.

"I wasn't able to make my pitches when I needed to," Harrison said, "and I was falling behind a lot of guys in that fourth inning -- getting a lot of deep counts, giving them too many pitches to look at. When you do that, you're going to get in trouble."

Meanwhile, Porcello cruised through the first four innings, allowing just three singles. The Rangers finally got to him in the bottom of the sixth, when Ian Kinsler scored on Josh Hamilton's tapper in front of the plate to make it 4-1. Michael Young followed with an infield hit to put runners at first and second, but Porcello got Adrian Beltre to line out and struck out Nelson Cruz.

The Tigers tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Peralta and Raburn to make it 6-1. And the offense kept up the onslaught, as Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single in the eighth and Jackson an RBI single in the ninth.

"We took advantage of a lot of pitches left out over the plate," Wells said. "And we took advantage of a lot of baserunners."

Porcello may have been good enough Tuesday without the run support. He went to 4-1 on the road with a 2.27 ERA away from Comerica Park.

Porcello is 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA in his last nine starts and has helped bolster the top of the Tigers' rotation that includes six-game winner Justin Verlander and seven-game winner Max Scherzer.

Porcello came out and threw strikes early. He needed only 87 pitches to get through six innings.

"I was able to get ahead in the count early and get some quick outs," Porcello said. "I had a good sinker tonight. I was able to get a lot of ground balls."

He was at his best facing Beltre and Cruz to end the sixth with both batting as the tying run. Beltre put a brief scare into the Tigers when he lined a drive deep down the left-field line foul. Then Porcello came back with a sinker, and Beltre lined it on one knee to shortstop.

Porcello then went after Cruz, who had two home runs in Monday's 13-7 Tigers victory. Porcello threw Cruz five fastballs, the last one a four-seam rising heater that Cruz swung and missed at.

"Porcello did what he had to do," Leyland said. "You pitch defensive here, you're going to get killed."

The Tigers have now won 21 of their last 31 games for a Major League-best .677 winning percentage over that span. They came into Texas after winning two out of three from the White Sox, and now they'll go for a sweep of the first-place Rangers.

"I don't talk about the wins as much as everybody else," Leyland said. "It's simple. That's the name of the game. You just prepare to win. If you prepare, then the manager is satisfied." Comments