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Detroit Tigers' Brennan Boesch, right, is congratulated by third base coach Gene Lamont after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the San Francisco.


DETROIT — Magglio Ordonez hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 Sunday.

Rick Porcello (7-6) gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings in a much-needed performance for Detroit's suddenly shaky rotation. He was effectively wild, becoming the fifth pitcher since 1919 to have three wild pitches and hit three batters in a game.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth, getting a lead-saving catch from left fielder Ryan Raburn. All-Star Jose Valverde closed the game for his 20th save in as many chances.

Jeremy Affeldt (1-2) took the loss after third baseman Miguel Tejada's throwing error extended the seventh inning. Ordonez took advantage with a single off Santiago Casilla that put Detroit ahead 4-3.

Brandon Inge gave the Tigers a three-run lead in the eighth with a two-run, two-out triple.

Detroit had lost two straight and four of five, falling out of first place in the AL Central.

The NL-West leading Giants had won nine 11.

San Francisco appeared to have a shot to retake the lead in the eighth inning when Aaron Rowand drove a ball to left-center, but Raburn made a diving catch in the gap.

Porcello gave up a double on his first pitch, then allowed only one more hit before Brandon Crawford's RBI groundout in the fourth inning.

Detroit tied it in the home half with Brennan Boesch's solo homer off the foul pole in right.

The Giants went ahead in the fifth on Porcello's wild pitch and Cody Ross' RBI single gave them a 3-1 lead.

Detroit cut into the deficit when Miguel Cabrera hit a single to left and Ross mishandled it, allowing Boesch to score on the error.

Tejada had a chance to keep the Tigers scoreless in the seventh, but his throw across the diamond in the dirt wasn't scooped up by first baseman Pablo Sandoval on what should've been the third out of the inning.

Inge's triple off Casilla gave Detroit a 6-3 lead.

San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong, a first-time All-Star, allowed three runs — two earned — on four hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings.

NOTES: Giants manager Bruce Bochy picked three of his pitchers — Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Vogelsong — to be All-Stars and another one, Brian Wilson, was selected by the players. ... Detroit's Alex Avila was voted an All-Star by the fans, Cabrera and Justin Verlander were picked by the players, Valverde was a manager's selection, and Victor Martinez has a chance to be voted in as the Tigers' fifth player. ... San Francisco matched a season high with three errors. ... Porcello joined Victor Zambrano (2003), Joe Niekro (1985), Pete Broberg (1971), Rip Collins (1923) as the pitchers since 1919 to have to hit at least three batters and have at least three wild pitches in a game. ... Sandoval extended his career high hitting streak to 14 games. ... The Tigers recalled LHP Adam Wilk from Triple-A Toledo and optioned RHP Brayan Villarreal to the Mud Hens.

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