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Pirates Top Tigers In 10 Innings Again, 3-2

Pittsburgh took a second straight game in extra innings.

April 17, 2019 - 10:35 pm
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By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

The Pirates beat Detroit in 10 innings for a second straight night, and this was Pittsburgh's sixth extra-inning game already this season. The Pirates are 4-2 in those.

Spencer Turnbull allowed two hits in six innings for Detroit, but he was denied his first career win after reliever Joe Jiménez loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Daniel Stumpf relieved Jiménez and gave up a tying sacrifice fly to Josh Bell.

Pittsburgh star Starling Marte was beaned by Jiménez during that eighth inning, but he remained in the game and hit a single in the 10th.

The game was played in rainy conditions, and Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart slipped and fell while catching Bell's flyball in the eighth. Stewart stayed in for his plate appearance in the bottom of the inning, then left with a right medial quad spasm.

In the middle of the eighth, there was an announcement telling fans to leave the seating area because of severe weather in the area, but the teams played on. Eventually, fans were told they could return, and there were plenty of good seats available down near the field.

Adam Frazier led off the 10th with a double off Buck Farmer (1-1), and Marte and Moran followed with singles, giving the Pirates the lead. Nick Burdi (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, and Felipe Vázquez finished for his fifth save in five chances.

Turnbull allowed only an unearned run in the fourth in his seventh career start. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams allowed two runs in six innings.

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. With two outs, Detroit shortstop Ronny Rodríguez couldn't handle Jung Ho Kang's hard grounder, letting it past for an error. Bell came home from second on that play.

The Tigers pushed across two runs in their half of that inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Rodríguez lifted a fly to left. Jason Martin made the catch, but his throw home was a bit off line, and Miguel Cabrera was safe on a close play.

John Hicks followed with an RBI single to left that landed in front of Martin, who appeared to get a late break on the ball.

Jiménez, making his 100th career appearance, gave up a single and a walk before hitting Marte with a pitch that may have glanced off the Pittsburgh slugger's shoulder but also appeared to hit him around the left ear flap on his helmet. He was slow getting up but stayed in.

Pittsburgh has won nine of 12.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit has lost LHP Matt Moore for the season after he had knee surgery. Manager Ron Gardenhire updated Moore's status before the game.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Pittsburgh has Thursday off before starting a home series with San Francisco. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0) starts for the Pirates against LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2) on Friday night.

Tigers: Detroit hosts a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Tyson Ross (1-2) takes the mound for the Tigers on Thursday against RHP Ivan Nova (0-2).