MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Pittsburgh|
(Monday, August 11)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 11, Detroit 6
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Starling Marte's three-run triple
highlighted a five-run opening inning against Justin Verlander, and the
Pirates rolled to an 11-6 victory over Detroit on a night the Tigers were
knocked from their perch atop the AL Central.
Verlander was taken out after the top of the second inning due to right
shoulder soreness. He will have and MRI Tuesday. Verlander has never been on
the disabled list in his career and has never missed a start due to injury.
"Warming up, long tossing and then going to the bullpen, it (shoulder) didn't
feel great," Verlander said. "Then it started to loosen up a little bit toward
the end of my bullpen. When I got on the mound there were no sharp pains or
anything. The ball wasn't coming out of my hand good at all."
For Verlander (10-11), the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, it was the
shortest start of his career. He was charged with four hits and four earned
runs, while walking two and fanning three. His ERA climbed to 4.76.
"I just didn't feel great," Verlander said. "It's disappointing. On a night
the team really needed me, it was the toughest game I've ever had to watch."
Travis Snider belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs, while Russell
Martin and Ike Davis smacked back-to-back home runs for the Pirates, who won
for the fourth time in six games.
Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Tigers, who endured a 19-inning
loss at Toronto Sunday afternoon. The Tigers have lost three in a row and are
now a half-game behind Kansas City for first place in the AL Central. The
Royals edged Oakland, 3-2, Monday night. Detroit had been alone in first place
every day since the start of play June 21.
Jeff Locke (4-3) gave up eight hits and four runs over five-plus innings, but
got the win.
Miguel Cabrera's RBI single gave the Tigers the lead in the first inning, but
the Pirates sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom half and capitalized on a
pair of errors. Marte tripled to the right-field corner and then came home
when Snider's ground ball went under the glove of first baseman Victor
Martinez. Consecutive singles from Jordy Mercer and Jayson Nix expanded the
lead to 5-1.
"Our game plan was to go up there and see pitches, be aggressive within the
strike zone, and try and make him (Verlander) work," Pirates manager Clint
Hurdle said. "We were able to get those things accomplished."
The Pirates also displayed solid defense. In the second inning, Snider threw
Alex Avila out at home when he tried to score on a lineout by Rajai Davis.
Gregory Polanco nailed Rajai Davis at the plate in the eighth when he
attempted to come home on Cabrera's single.
Snider smacked a two-run shot during a three-run second before the Tigers came
alive in the sixth with three runs, one of them coming on an RBI double from
Jared Hughes diffused the rally after Locke allowed the first five hitters of
the inning to reach base.
Kevin Whelan, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Toledo on Monday,
took the mound to start the home sixth for his third major league appearance
and first since 2011 with the Yankees. Martin homered to left with one out,
and Ike Davis followed with a blast to right.
Rajai Davis hit a two-run double in the eighth before Snider homered to left-
center in the bottom portion of the inning.
The Tigers have lost nine of their last 11 games in Pittsburgh ... It was the
first of four straight meetings between the clubs. They will play in
Pittsburgh Tuesday before Detroit hosts contests Wednesday night and Thursday
afternoon ... Before the game, the Pirates placed reigning National League MVP
Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 4, due to a
fractured left rib. To take McCutchen's spot on the active roster, the club
recalled pitcher Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis ... Buck Farmer will
make his major league debut by starting on the mound Wednesday for the Tigers.
They pushed back Rick Porcello to Friday because he pitched in Sunday's game
... Verlander had won 14 straight interleague decisions.
08/12 00:27:49 ET