JUPITER, Fla. -- Rick Porcello, a frontrunner for the fifth starter spot, enhanced his chances with a solid performance on Monday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
Porcello scattered three runs on four hits in six innings in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Marlins.
"I definitely feel like I'm ready to go and prepared for the season," Porcello said. "I definitely feel like I'm in a good position to start the year. I feel strong and ready to go."
Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run homer, while Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double, two hits and scored two runs for Detroit.
Rob Brantly delivered a home run off Porcello for the Marlins.
Miami lefty Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs in the first inning, and finished after five innings while allowing four runs.
Detroit struck quickly off LeBlanc, collecting four hits in the first inning.
Torii Hunter and Cabrera had back-to-back one-out doubles, opening the scoring. With two outs, Peralta's homer to right-center gave the Tigers three runs before Porcello threw a pitch.
In the second inning, the Marlins pushed two runs across, making it a 3-2 game.
Placido Polanco doubled and scored on Justin Ruggiano's one-out, RBI single. With two outs, Adeiny Hechavarria ripped a run-scoring triple to right-center.
A two-out, RBI single by Alex Avila in the third inning gave the Tigers a two-run cushion.
Brantly's first homer of Spring Training, a solo shot to right field in the fourth inning, once again made it a one-run game.
Up next for the Tigers: After an overnight trip to Port St. Lucie and Jupiter, the Tigers head back to Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday for the first of back-to-back home games. They'll take on the Braves on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Shawn Hill, Bruce Rondon, Octavio Dotel and Phil Coke are all scheduled to pitch for Detroit against Tim Hudson and Atlanta.