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Tigers 6, Pirates 2

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DETROIT -- The bottom of Detroit's lineup has been maligned for a lack of production.

It couldn't be Friday night.

Ninth-hitter Ramon Santiago had a two-run homer and the bottom third of the order combined to drive in five runs, helping the Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2.

"That's why we won the game," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Brandon Inge and Alex Avila, two weak-hitting Tigers, each had three hits and combined to drive in three runs.

"It's good to see," said Inge, who has a seven-game hitting streak. "You can't rely on a couple guys all year."

Detroit has been leaning on Miguel Cabrera, who was 0 for 4 against Pittsburgh, and Magglio Ordonez, who missed a fourth straight game because of an oblique strain that the team doesn't think is a serious injury.

Brennan Boesch hit a solo shot in a three-run fourth inning, giving the rookie four homers in seven games and eight this season.

"When he hits it, it's a loud sound," Leyland said.

Justin Verlander can create a pop with his fastballs, too, but many of them were not thrown for strikes against the Pirates.

Verlander (7-4) got away with it, though, giving up just two runs on four hits while matching a season high with four walks in seven-plus innings.

"My fastball was horrible," Verlander said, crediting stellar defense behind him.

Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson led the way defensively, making a pair of back-to-the-plate, underhanded catches that are starting to look routine for the speedy rookie.

"Unbelievable," Leyland said.

Ross Ohlendorf (0-4) allowed six runs -- all with two outs -- and 10 hits in six innings.

"The bottom of the order just killed me, especially with two outs," he said.

Both starters didn't give up a hit until the third, when Andrew McCutchen's RBI double put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0.

McCutchen doubled to lead off the eighth and Neil Walker walked on four pitches, chasing Verlander. Phil Coke got Ryan Doumit to hit into a double play, then Garrett Jones hit an RBI single to make it 6-2.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth and didn't give up a run for his 24th straight outing. Valverde did allow a one-out walk before closing the game with a fielder's choice and a strikeout.

Detroit had lost four of six.

The Pirates have lost six straight, one short of their season high set in late April.

"You can't give Justin Verlander six runs and beat him," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said.

Notes

Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (4-6, 6.09 ERA) will have his next start skipped so he can work on his sinker. ... Ohlendorf matched career highs for earned runs and hits. ... Ndamukong Suh, who the Detroit Lions drafted No. 2 overall, threw the first pitch. ... Verlander has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his last six starts. ... Detroit's Don Kelly made a catch in the stands on the third-base line side of the park against Walker, his brother-in-law, who then returned the favor by making a sliding catch in foul territory against Kelly. ... McCutchen matched a career with two doubles. ... Avila matched a career high with three hits.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4121000 .306
Neil Walker, 3B3000112 .306
Ryan Doumit, 1B4000001 .269
Garrett Jones, RF4021000 .266
Ryan Church, DH4000012 .190
Lastings Milledge, LF3010110 .255
Akinori Iwamura, 2B2100203 .178
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000011 .238
Jason Jaramillo, C3000123 .185
Totals3025256  
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen 2 (15, Verlander, Verlander)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (19), Garrett Jones (36)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (7), Garrett Jones (4)
SB - Garrett Jones (5, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Jason Jaramillo (1)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf (L,0-4) 61066062 4.95
Dana Eveland 2200120 6.10
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 96-61, Dana Eveland 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 7-5, Dana Eveland 1-3
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 28, Dana Eveland 9
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5000024 .306
Johnny Damon, DH4020022 .280
Don Kelly, LF4000012 .242
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4000012 .333
Brennan Boesch, RF4221001 .343
Carlos Guillen, 2B4110011 .288
Brandon Inge, 3B4131001 .251
Alex Avila, C3132100 .215
Ramon Santiago, SS4112015 .254
Totals36612618  
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (17, Ohlendorf), Carlos Guillen (10, Ohlendorf), Brandon Inge (16, Ohlendorf)
HR - Brennan Boesch (8, Ohlendorf), Ramon Santiago (2, Ohlendorf)
RBI - Brennan Boesch (30), Brandon Inge (26), Alex Avila 2 (5), Ramon Santiago 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (8), Brandon Inge (6), Alex Avila 2 (3), Ramon Santiago 2 (6)
SB - Brennan Boesch (2, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Jaramillo), Alex Avila (2, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Guillen-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,7-4) 7422430 3.56
Phil Coke 1100010 3.46
Jose Valverde 1000120 0.36
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 105-64, Phil Coke 10-7, Jose Valverde 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 6-12, Phil Coke 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Phil Coke 3, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33236
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook