The Detroit Tigers lost the opening game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. A tenth inning squeeze bunt by Wilson Valdez ended things, and the Reds won by a final score of 6-5 in front of the home crowd at Great American Ballpark.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello surrendered four earned run on nine hits and two walks in five innings of work. He got a no decision for the effort, and has not picked up a win since May 6. His ERA now sits at 5.03. Phil Coke got the loss, giving up the winning run.
Outfielder Brennan Boesch hit his sixth home run of the year with a solo shot in the fourth. Delmon Young went yard in the eighth inning for his fifth dinger of the season.
Joey Votto took Porcello deep in the third inning with two men on the bags. Brandon Phillips drove in the other run for the Reds.
It was the seventh loss in ten games for the Tigers, who are six and a half games back in the America League Central. They get another shot at the Reds on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. behind Justin Verlander.
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