Sports
6:22 am
Thu September 3, 2009

Ordonez, Polanco help Tigers extend division lead

DETROIT – Magglio Ordonez had three hits and Placido Polanco scored twice to help the Detroit Tigers beat the sloppy Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Wednesday night.

The Tigers, who now lead the Twins by 4 1-2 games in the AL Central, were aided by five Cleveland errors, the most they had committed in a game since 1998.

Rookie Rick Porcello (12-8) got the win, giving up two runs on five hits in seven-plus innings. The 20-year-old has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts, and has now won more games than any Tiger pitcher before the age of 21.

Three Tigers relievers finished, with Fernando Rodney pitching the ninth for his 31st save in 32 tries.

Aaron Laffey (7-4) took the loss, allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings.