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Rick Porcello earns 15th win as Tigers top Yankees, 5-2

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello earned his 15th win of the season, eclipsing his previous single-season high of 14 wins in 2009 and 2011, as the Tigers defeated the Yankees 5-2 Tuesday at Comerica Park.

Porcello finished 14-9 as a 20-year-old rookie in 2009 and was 14-9 in 2011. He's now 15-8 after allowing nine hits and two runs over eight innings.

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the offense for the Tigers in front of a sellout crowd of 40,488. The game began after a 68-minute rain delay.

Porcello's two biggest mistakes of the night came off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury hit his first home run of the game to right in the fifth inning and added his second, also to right, in the eighth. That trimmed the Tigers' lead to 5-2. It was the fifth multi-home run game for Ellsbury and first since Aug. 6, 2013 at Houston.

Martinez helped the Tigers score runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. He also scored as part of a two-run sixth inning, which helped the Tigers extend their lead to 4-1.

Martinez led off the second inning with a line drive single to left Brandon McCarthy gave up a walk to Nick Castellanos and then hit Eugenio Suarez with a pitch with one out to load the bases. McCarthy then gave up a walk to Rajai Davis, bringing Martinez home.

Miguel Cabrera hit a one-out double to left and scored on a two-out single to left by J.D. Martinez in the third inning.

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy gave up three consecutive hits to start the sixth: a single to Victor Martinez, a double to J.D. Martinez and an RBI single to Castellanos.

Castellanos knocked in Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez came home when Alex Avila grounded into a double play.

Torii Hunter's RBI single to left brought home Davis in the seventh to give the Tigers a 5-1 cushion.

McCarthy (5-3) allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings for the Yankees. He gave up nine hits and two walks and had five strikeouts.

The Yankees had runners on first and second with two outs when Derek Jeter was called out on strikes in the third inning. The Yankees stranded runners on the corners in the fourth inning, after J.D. Drew flied out to left.

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