MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Pittsburgh|
(Friday, June 22nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - A.J. Burnett spun six shutout innings
to guide the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in the
first of a three-game interleague set at PNC Park.
Burnett (8-2) allowed just two hits and struck out four while walking three to
win his seventh straight start.
"Any time you get some early runs like that it makes you go out there and go a
little harder," Burnett said. "You go and try to throw more zeroes than the
other guy. We jumped on them and we were able to make pitches when we needed
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 and Neil Walker had an RBI single for the
Pirates, winners in five of their last six.
Joel Hanrahan tossed a perfect ninth to pick up his 18th save of the season.
Doug Fister (1-4) was pegged with the loss after giving up four runs -- two
earned -- on eight hits while striking out seven.
Ramon Santiago had an RBI double and Jhonny Peralta also doubled for the
Tigers, who lost for the second time in six games.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the first. Alex Presley doubled to open the
inning and scored on Walker's RBI single. Walker took second on a wild pitch,
moved to third when McCutchen singled and came home on Garret Jones'
Pittsburgh added two more in the second. Back-to-back singles from Pedro
Alvarez and Rod Barajas put runners on first and second. Burnett then pushed a
bunt down the third-base line and Fister fired the ball over third baseman
Miguel Cabrera's head and into the outfield, allowing Alvarez and Barajas to
"We probably turned what would have been a third-to-first double-play into two
runs, which is obviously a no-no for us, and we couldn't overcome it," Tigers
manager Jim Leyland said. "We didn't swing the bats very well and Burnett was
pretty good and their bullpen was good."
Burnett escaped a jam in the sixth unscathed. With runners on first and second
and no outs, Burnett was able to get Miguel Cabrera to ground a 3-2 pitch into
a double-play and Prince Fielder popped up to third to end the inning.
"I think (Burnett) was able to slow things down, rely on his experience, rely
on his catcher and find a way to make pitches," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle
Detroit got on the board in the seventh to make it 4-1. Peralta laced a two-
out double to right before Santiago followed with a double of his own off the
top of the wall in center. The Tigers put runners on the corners with two
outs, but Tony Watson was able to get Austin Jackson to strike out to end the
Jason Grilli retired the side in order in the eighth before Hanrahan closed it
out in the ninth.
Burnett is a perfect 5-0 in seven starts at home this season...Pirates first
baseman Casey McGehee had a nine-game hitting streak snapped...McCutchen
extended his hitting streak to six games...The Tigers have scored a run in 138
consecutive games...Despite the loss Detroit holds a 17-14 advantage all-time
against the Pirates.
06/23 00:11:34 ET