MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Pittsburgh|
(Tuesday, August 12)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez pitched six strong
innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their home domination of the
Detroit Tigers with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.
Travis Snider had a pair of hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which has won five
of its last seven games and continues to put pressure on NL Central-leading
Milwaukee. The Bucs are 1 1/2 games behind the Brewers.
"When you take the field, it's special and you're playing for something,"
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The fans know we're playing for something
and that's why they're showing up. They're into it, they're vocal and it's
just so vibrant and so fun to see."
Volquez (10-7) yielded five hits and a pair of runs, and had five strikeouts.
The right-hander is 6-1 over his last nine starts.
Pittsburgh has beaten Detroit 10 of the last 12 times they have played at PNC
Park. This was the second of four straight meetings between the clubs. Detroit
hosts contests Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
Robbie Ray (1-2) surrendered six hits and four runs over five-plus frames for
Detroit, which got a solo homer from Alex Avila.
The fourth straight loss for the Tigers assured them of remaining in second
place in the AL Central for another day. They lost their lead in the division
Monday night when they were passed by the Kansas City Royals. Detroit remained
a half-game back.
"We haven't hit as a whole on this road trip," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus
said. "As a team, we haven't scored runs. We've gotten hits at times, but we
haven't scored runs. We have to find a way to drive runners in."
Ian Kinsler singled to center to drive in Ezequiel Carrera in the top of the
first, but if not for the quick glove work of Volquez the Pirates would have
faced a deeper deficit.
Miguel Cabrera singled to put men at the corners, and then Victor Martinez hit
a bouncer back that was destined for center field but Volquez stuck his glove
out to make a backhand stop and alertly threw home. Kinsler was hung up
between bases and tagged out trying to get back to third. J.D. Martinez flied
out to right to end the inning.
Gaby Sanchez and Snider hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the second. Russell
Martin, who scored on Sanchez's double, extended his hitting streak to 10
games with his 999th career hit, a double to start the inning.
Josh Harrison doubled to begin the home third, stole a base and then came home
on Jordy Mercer's base hit to center for a 3-1 cushion.
Avila homered to center in the fourth, but the Pirates manufactured a run in
the sixth. Starling Marte walked to begin the frame. Al Alburquerque entered
from the bullpen and Marte stole second, and then scored when pinch-hitter Ike
Davis hit a double to the gap in right-center field.
After Ray secured his first major league hit, a ball that deflected off
Volquez in the fourth inning, Detroit didn't get another hit until Avila
singled to right off Mark Melancon with one out in the ninth. Pinch-hitter
Nick Castellanos then singled to left-center. Torii Hunter flied out to right
field and Rajai Davis bounced out to end the game to give Melancon his 22nd
The Tigers got a reprieve before the game when they learned right-hander
Justin Verlander could miss one start but is not expected to land on the
disabled list. An MRI on his pitching shoulder showed inflammation, but no
major damage ... The Pirates recalled Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A
Indianapolis and optioned fellow right-hander Casey Sadler to the Triple-A
club ... The Tigers signed free agent RHP Shawn Hill to a minor-league
contract ... The Pirates equaled their high-water mark for the season at nine
games over .500 (64-55).
08/13 01:24:46 ET