Pittsburgh Pirates easily managed an 11-6 win against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, with Travis Snider hitting two home runs, and Starling Marte driving in three runs. The Tigers are now a half-game behind the now first place Royals in the AL Central Division.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Justin Verlander with one out in the first inning, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first took an odd hop, and Victor Martinez could not glove it.
Martin hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning , and Ike Davis, his eighth. Snider was 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Verlander, on the other hand left after one inning because of soreness in his right shoulder. He gave up five run, he walked two and stuck out three. He said he didn’t feel great and was disappointed in letting his team down. Verlande threw 40 pitches and bunted in the second inning before he was removed. He is scheduled for an MRI today.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Miguel Cabera after Raja Davis reached on infield hit, moved to second and stole a third. Three runs were scored by Detroit in the sixth to get within 8-4 and knock Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke out of the game.
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