Pittsburgh, PA – Justin Verlander went the distance for the fourth time this season as the Detroit Tigers topped the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, in the finale of a three-game interleague set at PNC Park.
Verlander (8-4), who dazzled Pittsburgh hitters for six frames until he surrendered a two-homer in the seventh, allowed just five hits and struck out seven to get his third consecutive win.
"We had the horse going, and (Verlander) pitched how the horse is supposed to pitch," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "He did a great job, he left the change up up to Jones and he hit it out, but he was terrific and closed it out."
Quintin Berry hit a two-run homer and scored the winning run on a Delmon Young single in the eighth, and Austin Jackson had a pair of hits and scored once for the Tigers, who avoided the three-game sweep.
Chris Resop (0-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up Young's RBI single. Kevin Correia started for Pittsburgh and gave up two runs on six hits and fanned four over six innings.
Garrett Jones hit a two run homer, and Pedro Alvarez had a hit and scored once for the Pirates, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Tigers wasted no time and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Jackson singled to open the inning before Berry crushed a two-run homer into the right field seats.
Pittsburgh tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh when Jones crushed a two-run homer to right. Alvarez singled before Jones' ninth home run of the season.
"It was a nice swing," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He left a change up up, Garret (Jones) stayed on it and got through it. We played hard today."
But Detroit answered back in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead. Berry walked, stole second, then scored when Young singled to right.
Josh Harrison lifted a deep fly to left in the eighth, but Ryan Raburn made a jumping catch in front of the wall to rob Harrison of a potential game-tying homer.
Verlander retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the win.
"I actually didn't feel particularly great," Verlander said. "But at least my location was there. I located pretty well and got a lot of weak contact because of that."
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