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."