Dirks gives Tigers win with two-run triple

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Saturday, March 19, 2011; 4:08 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Andy Dirks hit a two-run triple in the ninth inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 victory over a split squad of Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Dirks' winning hit came off Arodys Vizcaino after singles by Brennan Boesch and Scott Sizemore.

Jordan Schafer led off the game with a triple and scored the Braves' run.

Brandon Beachy, bidding for a spot in Atlanta's rotation, gave up one hit and three walks in five shutout innings, striking out three.

Rick Porcello pitched 4 2-3 innings for the Tigers, giving up three hits including Alex Gonzalez's RBI single.

Daniel Schlereth worked two perfect innings of relief for Detroit.


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