Tigers avoid sweep with 3-2 win against Pirates
Pirates Casey McGehee argues the third strike with home plate umpire Marty Foster against the Tigers this afternoon at PNC Park.
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A late-inning run broke a tie and gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory against the Pirates at PNC Park Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers avoided the sweep and ended the Pirates' three-game winning streak.
Justin Verlander pitched a complete game, the second one in as many starts against the Pirates this season. He threw a one-hitter against them May 18.
Chris Resop walked Quintin Berry with one out in the eighth inning and stole second. With first base open, Resop intentionally walked Prince Fielder to get to Delmon Young.
Young singled to right field, scoring Berry and giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Casey McGehee cut off Garrett Jones' throw to catch Fielder in a rundown between second and third to end the inning.
The Tigers touched up Kevin Correia in the first inning. Austin Jackson singled on the first pitch of the game, and Quintin Berry hit his first career home run, a two-run shot to right field.
Verlander allowed two hits through the first six innings he pitched and required 72 pitches to do so. The hits came on a bunt single from Alex Presley and a high-bouncing infield single from Michael McKenry.
Pedro Alvarez singled in the seventh before Jones lined his ninth home run of the season into the seats in right-center field, tying the game at 2-2. Verlander left a changeup over the plate and knew it, throwing his hand on top of his hat as he watched the ball leave the field.
After the first, Correia improved and gave the Pirates six innings on a day that the Pirates needed length from their starter. He allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.
Home plate umpire Marty Foster ejected manager Clint Hurdle in the fourth inning after Hurdle came to McGehee's defense. McGehee struck out on a check swing and appeared to argue that Foster should have let first base umpire Tim Timmons rule on the checked swing.
First Published June 24, 2012 4:26 pm