American League - Tigers 3, Athletics 0

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DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Here are the ground rules for any game Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello pitches these days: every pitch is a sinker, every ball hit is a groundout and every game is a complete-game shutout.

OK, that may be a slight exaggeration.

But it certainly seemed that way tonight when Porcello induced 17 groundouts and allowed four hits in a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics before 32,455 at Comerica Park.

He went the distance in beating Texas, 6-0, on June 26 and his feat marked the first time a Tigers pitcher threw consecutive complete game shutouts since Jack Morris blanked Minnesota, Kansas City and Texas in July 1986.

It was Porcello's third straight win, his fourth straight quality start. It was the Tigers' second straight win and clinched their three-game set with Oakland.

Porcello (11-4) was simply masterful. The A's just couldn't get the ball airborne and only Jed Lowrie, who went 2-for-3, managed to reach second base.

The Tigers didn't need much offense to back Porcello, but they got it in dramatic fashion.

Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead, 1-0, in the fourth inning after he walked and scored on Torii Hunter's RBI groundout.

In the sixth inning, J.D. Martinez hit a two-run run home run off Brad Mills (1-1) that put the Tigers ahead, 3-0.

Contact Carlos Monarrez: cmonarrez@freepress.com.

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