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Verlander sharp, and Tigers hold on for 6-5 victory over Liriano, Pirates

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Brandon Inge throws out Detroit Tigers' Matt Tuiasosopo during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Brandon Inge throws out Detroit Tigers' Matt Tuiasosopo during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder runs to first on a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder runs to first on a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Justin Verlander struck out 13 in seven innings, and Jhonny Peralta had four hits to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday.

It was Peralta's first four-hit game since June 4, 2010, when he was playing for Cleveland. Detroit has won six of seven.

Verlander (6-4) hadn't pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three starts, struggling at times with his location. But he was sharp for the most part against Pittsburgh, allowing three runs and seven hits with two walks.

Joaquin Benoit allowed two runs — one earned — in the eighth. Jose Valverde finished for his sixth save in seven chances.

Francisco Liriano (3-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.