MLB Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Detroit|
(Saturday, May 19th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers
to lead the Pirates over the Tigers, 4-3, in the second meeting of a three-
game interleague series.
One day after nearly getting no-hit by Justin Verlander, the Pirates notched
nine hits and held Detroit to one hit with runners in scoring position.
McCutchen's round-trippers made a winner of A.J. Burnett (2-2), who yielded
two runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings.
"We had Burnett on the ropes and let him out of it," Tigers manager Jim
Prince Fielder belted a two-run homer for Detroit, which has dropped three of
four and six of eight overall. Drew Smyly (1-1) served up both McCutchen home
runs to suffer his first loss of the season.
Jason Grilli relieved Burnett in the seventh, and with runners on the corners
and two outs uncorked a pitch that got away from catcher Rod Barajas, allowing
Miguel Cabrera to score.
Grilli fanned Alex Avila to preserve the 4-3 lead, and Juan Cruz pitched a
scoreless eighth prior to Joel Hanrahan working around a two-out walk in the
ninth. Hanrahan finished off his ninth save by striking out Fielder.
McCutchen did not homer in April but has notched seven in May -- four in the
past three games after he went deep twice against the Nationals on Thursday.
His first on Saturday came in the first inning on a 1-2 pitch he deposited
into the seats in left-center. Josh Harrison, who broke up Verlander's no-hit
bid with one out in the ninth inning on Friday, reached on a bunt single prior
to the blast.
"After a tough day [Friday], I think the guys wanted to go out and prove
they're a better hitting team than that," Hanrahan said. "[The first inning]
set the tone."
Fielder crushed his seventh home run of the season with Andy Dirks aboard in
the third, but McCutchen answered in the fifth with an opposite-field blast to
right. Harrison was again on base after getting hit by a pitch.
McCutchen has six career multi-homer games...Burnett had a 7.17 ERA in four
previous starts at Comerica Park...Detroit went 1-for-8 with runners in
scoring position and stranded 10...Smyly allowed seven hits and two walks in 4
2/3 innings...Both teams wore jerseys from the Negro Leagues, with the Tigers
showing off the Detroit Stars uniforms and the Pirates donning the Pittsburgh
05/19 23:27:44 ET