MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, June 23rd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen smacked a three-run home
run and Brad Lincoln tossed six-plus solid innings, as the Pittsburgh Pirates
downed the Detroit Tigers, 4-1, at PNC Park.
Lincoln (4-2) did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and struck out seven
in winning for the first time since May 14. One of the two hits Lincoln
allowed was a home run to Miguel Cabrera, which led off the seventh.
"I just stuck with the game plan," Lincoln said. "I just wanted to give my
team the best chance to win...and it worked out for me."
Pittsburgh got the run back in the bottom half on Neil Walker's RBI single,
and the bullpen did the rest in the Pirates' fifth straight series victory at
Detroit had won four of five before dropping the first two meetings of this
McCutchen took Tigers starter Max Scherzer deep over the left-field fence in
the fourth inning after Alex Presley led off the frame with a double and Jose
Tabata reached when he was hit by a pitch.
Scherzer (6-5) surrendered just one other hit in his six innings of work.
"I'm sure [Scherzer] would like to have one pitch back," Tigers manager Jim
Leyland said. "Other than that I thought he did a terrific job."
The only baserunner Lincoln allowed in the first five innings came on a two-
out walk to Jhonny Peralta in the second.
He retired 10 in a row before Ramon Santiago recorded Detroit's first hit
leading off the sixth, then retired the next three hitters.
Lincoln left one over the plate the next inning, and Cabrera deposited the
starter's 79th and final pitch over the wall in right-center field.
Four Pirates relievers -- Juan Cruz, Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Joel
Hanrahan -- combined to allow two hits over the final three innings to close
out the victory.
Hanrahan gave up a single and a walk with two outs in the ninth, but struck
out Alex Avila on three pitches to earn his 19th save.
The Pirates have won eight of their last nine series overall and will go for
the sweep on Sunday with Kevin Correia slated to start opposite Tigers ace
Justin Verlander...Scherzer walked one and struck out seven. He recorded a
career-high 15 strikeouts against the Pirates on May 20.
06/23 20:55:16 ET