Braves lose final exhibition game 8-4

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday, April 4, 2009. (AP) -- Rick Porcello, making a bid to be more than a fill-in starter for Detroit, pitched two scoreless innings and the Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Saturday in each team's final exhibition game.

The 20-year-old Porcello, making the jump from Class A, gave up only one hit. He has been named Detroit's No. 4 starter with Jeremy Bonderman opening the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Armando Galarraga followed Porcello and gave up two runs, one earned, in 5 2-3 innings.

Carlos Guillen hit a two-run homer for Detroit.

Atlanta's Kenshin Kawakami walked seven batters and gave up four runs in 2 2-3 innings. He issued bases-loaded walks in the second and third.

Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur had two hits, including a homer.

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