Rick Porcello is 6-1. That’s his record, not his height.

Torii Hunter is 3-8. That’s his age.

And he emphatically does not like getting hit in the ribs with a pitch after a two-run home run the batter before.

Then again, who would?

“Picking on the old guy,” Hunter said of Orioles starter Bud Norris, who hit Hunter on a 0-1 count in the eighth after Ian Kinsler’s home run stretched the Tigers’ lead from one run to three in Monday night’s 4-1 victory.

Benches emptied, but peace was soon restored.

That didn’t make Hunter’s ribs feel any better after the game, though.

“I want all the people out there to get in front of a pitching machine, put it on 94 miles per hour, hold your ribs up and take one,” he said. “See how that turns out for you.

“That’s why I said, ‘It hurts. What are you doing, man?’ Even if he didn’t try to do it, it still looks fishy. If I didn’t think it was on purpose, I wouldn’t even argue.”

When told by an Orioles beat writer that he’s the third hitter this season to yap with Norris, Hunter said, “I’ve heard bad things about him. You can’t go by what you hear, but after tonight, maybe so.”

What Hunter was not upset about, however, was when third-base umpire Paul Nauert put a hand on his face in an effort to calm him down.

“That’s my guy,” Hunter said. “He was trying to cover my mouth. I’ve known him too long (to be upset). He was just saying to me, ‘C’mon, T. You’re way better than that.’ And he’s right.

“I apologize to the fans for my reaction.”

A review by Major League Baseball is expected to begin Tuesday, a source told The Detroit News.

As for Porcello, who had his best April, he’s now three wins into making May look even better.

Even before this game, he’d won five games at the earliest point in his career.

In six innings, before leaving with what manager Brad Ausmus called “a little bit of tightness inside,” Porcello allowed one run on five hits. “He wanted to go back out, but if he had gone back out there and really injured himself,” said Ausmus, “I would have had trouble sleeping.”

One of his biggest accomplishments was in retiring Nick Markakis all three times — with Markakis one game shy of tying his career best hitting streak.

When Ian Krol retired Markakis on a fly ball to center to end the seventh after a leadoff double by catcher Steve Clevenger, it looked likely that Markakis’ streak would end at 18 straight — which it did.