MLB

more stats

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 Torii Hunter.

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.

Game Notes

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

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Dallas

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
1st
TOR 15
NYK 7
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
2nd
RAD 66
CORN 57
 
2nd
UNT 57
CREI 49
 
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
2nd
USB 65
GHND 48
 
2nd
OKST 56
MD 65
 
2nd
WINT 92
REIN 65
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
 
2nd
NEOM 69
TXPA 69
 
2nd
STLU 52
VERM 44
 
2nd
UNCA 59
WCU 58
 
2nd
EVAN 71
ALAST 63
 
2nd
HART 57
FIU 53
 
2nd
VALPO 57
GOSHEN 34
 
Half
LIP 32
PEAY 24
 
1st
DEN 12
BRY 22
 
Half
MONT 37
SD 33
 
1st
MTST 36
TENST 23
 
1st
SAMF 8
LAMON 15
 
1st
SCAR 5
COKR 10
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
4th
NOS 14
ATL 20
 
4th
HOU 22
BAL 7
 
4th
CAR 17
CLE 13
 
4th
CHI 14
DET 17
 
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
 
4th
PIT 20
KAN 9
 
4th
MIA 28
MIN 26
 
4th
NYJ 16
NEP 17
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA