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Snider hits 2 homers, Pirates top Tigers 11-6

By NATE BARNES
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates already had a four-run lead over an ailing Justin Verlander when Travis Snider threw out a runner at the plate in the second for an inning-ending double play.

''It very well could've been one of those things you talk about as a momentum-changer,'' manager Clint Hurdle said.

Snider not only saved runs, he created them.

Snider hit a pair of home runs and drove in four, Starling Marte added three RBIs and the Pirates coasted to an 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Gregory Polanco also threw out a runner at the plate, when Rajai Davis tried to score from second on Miguel Cabrera's single in the eighth. Even with a five-run lead at the time, the game could've become much closer.

''They left as many men on base as we did,'' Hurdle said. ''They were a swing of the bat from being right back in the game three times tonight.''

Verlander (10-11) gave up five runs on four hits and walked two before he was removed after pitching one inning with right shoulder soreness.

''Just didn't feel great,'' Verlander said, ''and disappointing on a night that the team really needed me.''

The loss, coupled with Kansas City's 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now first-place Royals in the AL Central Division.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases against 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 couldn't glove it.

Verlander threw 40 pitches and bunted in the second before he was removed. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Detroit on Tuesday.

''I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous,'' Verlander said. ''I've never been through this before.''

Verlander added there was no sharp pain in his shoulder, but manager Brad Ausmus removed him from the game to risk any further injury.

Snider knocked in two more in the eighth inning off Phil Coke with his eighth homer, a two-run, opposite-field shot.

Martin hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, and Ike Davis followed with his eighth.

Snider was 3 for 5 and scored three runs.

''Just another day,'' Snider said. ''For me, it's nice to contribute offensively, and defensively, and help this team win.''

Detroit scored three runs in the sixth to get within 8-4 and knock Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke out of the game.

Cabrera, Martinez and Torii Hunter started the inning with consecutive hits, and Cabrera scored on Hunter's double. Alex Avila drove Martinez home with a single, and Hunter scored when Don Kelly hit into a fielder's choice.

Locke (4-3) was responsible for four runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Sunday.

Pirates: Pittsburgh placed CF Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4. ... 2B Neil Walker (back) was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game. ... RHP Gerrit Cole returned to Pittsburgh after making his third rehab start Sunday. He has been on the DL since July 5 with a strained right lat. There is still no timetable for his return to action.

ON DECK

Tigers: LHP Robby Ray (1-1, 4.70 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start on Tuesday in Detroit's second of two games in Pittsburgh. In one start this season against Minnesota on May 11, Ray pitched six shutout innings.

Pirates: RHP Edinson Volquez (9-7, 3.70 ERA) starts for the Pirates after allowing one hit in seven shutout innings against Miami on Thursday. Volquez hasn't fared well against Detroit in two career starts, allowing eight runs in 9 2-3 innings.

STAFF SHAKEUP

In addition to Soria's placement on the disabled list, the Tigers optioned left-handed relievers Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo. Taking their places are RHP Justin Miller and LHP Ian Krol.

The Tigers also purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Whelan from Toledo and unconditionally released LHP Casey Crosby.

Detroit's relievers have compiled a 4.38 ERA this season, the fifth-worst in the majors.

In the starting rotation, RHP Rick Porcello's start has been pushed pack to Friday. Detroit will start RHP Buck Farmer on Wednesday and RHP Max Scherzer is slated to start Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

T. Snider
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Detroit

R. Davis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Rajai Davis, CF-LF5132014.295.332.419
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000012.288.319.429
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5131001.308.366.509
Victor Martinez, 1B5120010.322.386.554
Torii Hunter, RF4121100.274.311.454
J.D. Martinez, LF3010114.303.347.562
   Phil Coke, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Nick Castellanos, PH1000000.258.308.403
Alex Avila, C3121101.221.324.369
Eugenio Suarez, SS3110113.242.326.382
Justin Verlander, P0000000.333.333.333
   Justin Miller, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ian Krol, P1000000.000.000.000
   b-Don Kelly, PH1001000.250.323.292
   Kevin Whelan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ezequiel Carrera, CF1000002.308.400.385
Totals36614645    
a-grounded out for Coke in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Krol in the 6th
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (21, Sadler), Torii Hunter 2 (21, Locke), Eugenio Suarez (8, Sadler)
SH - Ian Kinsler (2), Justin Verlander (1)
RBI - Rajai Davis 2 (38), Miguel Cabrera (85), Torii Hunter (63), Alex Avila (32), Don Kelly (5)
SB - Rajai Davis (27, 3rd base off Locke/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
E - Alex Avila (4, Throwing), Rajai Davis (4, Misplayed grounder), Victor Martinez (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (L,10-11) 1454230 4.76
Justin Miller 2533101 5.11
Ian Krol 2100020 4.65
Kevin Whelan 1.1322212 13.50
Phil Coke 1.2111021 4.22
WP - Kevin Whelan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 40-23, Justin Miller 39-23, Ian Krol 27-18, Kevin Whelan 38-24, Phil Coke 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 1-0, Justin Miller 3-2, Ian Krol 2-2, Kevin Whelan 1-2, Phil Coke 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 10, Justin Miller 11, Ian Krol 7, Kevin Whelan 9, Phil Coke 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B5130012.318.355.509
Gregory Polanco, RF3210202.269.339.389
Russell Martin, C4112014.290.413.401
Ike Davis, 1B3211100.236.346.371
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1000000.219.290.378
Starling Marte, CF4223120.263.337.398
Travis Snider, LF5334001.251.324.414
Jordy Mercer, SS4020111.263.308.380
Jayson Nix, 2B4011003.167.219.217
Jeff Locke, P3000022.115.179.115
   Jared Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Pedro Alvarez, PH1000010.232.318.397
   Casey Sadler, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tony Watson, P0000000.333.333.333
   Justin Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3711141158    
a-grounded out for Davis in the 8th
b-struck out for Hughes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (23, Miller), Travis Snider (4, Krol), Jordy Mercer (21, Miller)
3B - Starling Marte (6, Verlander)
HR - Russell Martin (6, Whelan), Ike Davis (8, Whelan), Travis Snider 2 (9, Miller)
SF - Russell Martin (4)
RBI - Russell Martin 2 (46), Ike Davis (37), Starling Marte 3 (37), Travis Snider 4 (29), Jayson Nix (3)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Snider 3 (10)
SB - Gregory Polanco (11, 3rd base off Miller/Avila), Starling Marte (22, 2nd base off Miller/Avila)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregory Polanco 1, Travis Snider 1
DP - Snider-Martin, Snider-Martin-Nix-Mercer-Davis
PB - Russell Martin (2)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (W,4-3) 5844410 3.98
Jared Hughes (H,9) 2200030 1.82
Casey Sadler 0.2322010 7.71
Tony Watson 0.1100000 1.46
Justin Wilson 1000000 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 94-59, Jared Hughes 29-22, Casey Sadler 10-8, Tony Watson 4-2, Justin Wilson 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 8-4, Jared Hughes 1-2, Casey Sadler 1-0, Justin Wilson 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 25, Jared Hughes 8, Casey Sadler 5, Tony Watson 1, Justin Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35314
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Paul Schrieber