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Lincoln (4-2) carried a no-hitter through five innings before Ramon Santiago singled to lead off the sixth. Moved into the rotation June 6, Lincoln had allowed 13 runs in 11 2/3 innings in three previous starts -- all on the road.
Counting his time in the bullpen, Lincoln had pitched 15 1/3 scoreless innings at PNC Park this season until Miguel Cabrera led off the seventh with a home run.
"We did want to give him an opportunity to pitch at home," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "There's no place like home -- Dorothy said it a long time ago. Our pitchers have pitched well here. There's a comfort zone here, they're aggressive and attack the zone, and Brad was able to follow suit with that today."
The Pirates' 2.26 home ERA leads the majors and is a big reason why they have won eight of their past nine games at PNC Park. Pittsburgh clinched its fourth home series win, their eighth win in the past nine series overall.
"Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going," said McCutchen, who continued a torrid pace with his 13th homer. He came into the game with 14 hits in his previous 25 at-bats.
"Different guys are coming through, getting on base and getting the big hits."
Mired in a major North American professional sports record streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons, the Pirates (38-32) moved a season-high six games over .500.
Detroit starter Max Scherzer (6-5) rejoined the team Saturday after being away the previous two days for what the team called personal reasons.
Schrader Funeral Homes and Crematory outside his native St. Louis and near his residence in the city's suburbs lists confirmed they will hold a service for Max's brother Alex Scherzer. Alex Scherzer died Thursday at 24. The service is also listed on their website.
"I can't imagine what he must have been feeling today," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said. "I don't if there any words to explain what he's going through right now. He pitched a great game, really pitched his heart out."
Through a team spokesman, Scherzer politely declined to speak with reporters. In what was a subdued postgame clubhouse, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder talked quietly with Scherzer.
"Everybody knows it was under real tough conditions but I just think it's best that we make that a private topic," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "I really don't think it's my place to get into it."
Scherzer allowed three runs, three hits and had seven strikeouts.
"Other than the three-run homer, I thought Max was great," Leyland said.
"It's tough to make only one mistake and lose a ballgame, but we're just not scoring runs right now and we haven't for the last four or five games."
The Tigers were limited to one run and four hits for the second consecutive day in Pittsburgh and have scored five runs over their past four games. Detroit has lost three of four.
Lincoln had a career-high seven strikeouts and one walk.
At one point over a span from the fourth inning into the seventh, Lincoln threw 21 consecutive strikes. Only 19 of his 79 pitches were balls.
"I was able to attack the zone, throw a lot of strikes and get guys out when I needed to," Lincoln said.
"That pitch to Cabrera, I was not going to walk him -- I was going to go right at him mano y mano, and he got the best of me. That's how it works, but I felt good out there today."
Jason Grilli had two strikeouts in a perfect eighth. Joel Hanrahan struck out Avila to end the game after allowing a single and a walk after two outs in the ninth. Hanrahan has 19 saves in 21 chances.
Scherzer had won five of his previous six decisions, including striking out 15 Pirates batters in a 4-3 win May 20.
Cabrera snapped an 0-for-15 stretch with his 15th home run off a full-count pitch in the seventh. It was Detroit's second homer in its past six games.
|Andrew McCutchen's three-run homer carries the Pirates over the Tigers for their sixth win in seven games. (Getty Images)|
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|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.309|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.302|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.307|
|Delmon Young, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.261|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.240|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.263|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B-SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.233|
|Max Scherzer, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Phil Coke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Worth, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|a- Quintin Berry, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.305|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.165|
|a-grounded out for Worth in the 8th|
|2B - Prince Fielder (16, Cruz)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (15, Lincoln)|
|SH - Max Scherzer (2)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (56)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Peralta-Fielder|
|Max Scherzer (L,6-5)||6||3||3||3||1||7||1||5.12|
|IBB - A. McCutchen by Octavio Dotel|
|HBP - Tabata (by Max Scherzer)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 100-67, Phil Coke 12-9, Octavio Dotel 36-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-4, Octavio Dotel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 21, Phil Coke 3, Octavio Dotel 8|
|Alex Presley, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Jose Tabata, RF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.227|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||3||1||1||3||1||2||0||.345|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Casey McGehee, PH-1B||2||1||1||0||0||1||3||.239|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||1||3||.259|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Josh Harrison, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.240|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lincoln, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|Juan Cruz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Watson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clint Barmes, SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.202|
|a-doubled for G. Jones in the 7th|
|2B - Alex Presley (9, Scherzer), Casey McGehee (8, Coke)|
|HR - Andrew McCutchen (13, Scherzer)|
|SH - Jose Tabata (3)|
|RBI - Andrew McCutchen 3 (45), Neil Walker (30)|
|CS - Jose Tabata (8, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila), Neil Walker (1, Home by Dotel/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Brad Lincoln (W,4-2)||6||2||1||1||1||7||1||3.50|
|Juan Cruz (H,12)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.63|
|Tony Watson (H,9)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.47|
|Jason Grilli (H,17)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.88|
|Joel Hanrahan (S,19)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 79-60, Juan Cruz 11-6, Tony Watson 9-7, Jason Grilli 16-12, Joel Hanrahan 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 5-6, Juan Cruz 1-0, Tony Watson 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 21, Juan Cruz 2, Tony Watson 2, Jason Grilli 3, Joel Hanrahan 5|
|Attendance - 38734|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|