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Pirates Fall To Tigers in Slugfest

Pittsburgh Pirates' Erik Gonzalez (2) hits a two-run homer in front of Detroit Tigers catcher Austin Romine in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-13 in a startling slugfest on Friday night.

Both teams finished with 16 hits, surprising since each club had four players in the starting lineup batting under .190. Those numbers soon changed as Detroit played its first game in five days.

Erik Gonzalez, batting ninth for the Pirates, drove in six runs. He homered, doubled and singled twice as Pittsburgh lost for the eighth time in nine games and fell to 3-11, the worst record in the majors.

It was 12-all after nine innings and Jeimer Candelario broke a 13-all tie with an RBI single in the 11th. Austin Romine singled home another run and Goodrum capped the inning with his line drive to right field.

Candelario finished with three hits and three RBIs as Detroit improved to 6-5, a year after its 47-114 record was the worst in the major leagues.

The Tigers returned to action for the first time since Sunday after their four-game series with St. Louis earlier in the week was postponed because of the Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak.

Pittsburgh was down 12-9 in the ninth with two outs and none on, but came back on Adam Frazier’s tying homer.

In the top half of the 10th, JaCoby Jones delivered an RBI single with two outs. Cole Tucker countered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half when the Pirates left runners on first and second.

Rookie Bryan Garcia (2-0) got the win despite giving up the 10th-inning run. Dovydas Neverauskas (0-2) allowed all four runs in the 11th.

Pirates starter Chad Kuhl allowed only one run and one hit — a leadoff homer by C.J. Cron in the second — in four innings with seven strikeouts.

He made his first start since June 2018 — heunderwent Tommy John elbow surgery three months later.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He left after giving up Phillip Evans’ three-run homer that put the Pirates back ahead 7-5 in the fifth.

POSSIBLE DISRUPTION

The Pirates are supposed to visit St. Louis for a three-game series beginning Monday night. That series could be in jeopardy considering the Cardinals have had their third straight series postponed Friday by Major League Baseball because of virus concerns.

“It’s something we’ve thought about, obviously, but aren’t dwelling on it,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.

RUN HIM

Shelton was ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus for arguing balls and strikes. Shelton and De Jesus had a heated discussion at an appropriate social distance with both wearing masks.

WAIVER WIRE

INF Jordy Mercer elected free agency after clearing waivers following the Tigers’ attempt to outright him to their alternate training camp in Toledo, Ohio. The nine-year veteran went 2 for 9 in three games this season.

LHP Robbie Erlin, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in the week, was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Keone Kela will throw live batting practice for the first time Saturday. The closer has been sidelined since the beginning of summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Saturday will mark a homecoming for RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 4.22 ERA), who made 71 starts for the Pirates from 2016-18. He has a 13-8 record and 2.75 ERA in 31 career starts at PNC Park.

Pirates: LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 4.76) is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in seven career starts against Detroit but has not faced the Tigers since 2017.

RAYS 1, YANKEES 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Michael Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning on his 28th birthday, six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a leadoff walk from Adam Ottavino (2-1) in the eighth and went to second with one out when Kevin Kiermaier walked. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Perez put the Rays up 1-0 on his fly to center.

Chaz Roe (2-0) went the final two innings for the win.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed one hit and struck out five over five innings, retiring his final 13 batters after giving up a first-inning single to Yandy Diaz. The Yankees’ right-hander needed just 59 pitches in his second start after beginning the season on the concussion list after being struck in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s liner during a July 4th summer camp simulated game.

Three New York pitchers also limited the Rays to just two hits.

MARLINS 4, METS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer, Humberto Mejia impressed in his abbreviated major league debut and Miami kept up its surprising surge.

The Marlins won their sixth in a row and improved to 7-1 — they’re 5-0 since missing more than a week because of the team’s coronavirus outbreak.

Cervelli waved and pointed to the imaginary fans in the seating areas after hitting his second homer of the season. Jonathan Villar added an RBI double in Miami’s four-run second.

Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, who have lost seven of nine. New York scored its other runs in the eighth on a throwing error by third baseman Brian Anderson and RBI single by J.D. Davis.

Stephen Tarpley (2-0) pitched two innings for the win. Nick Vincent escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and finished for his first save since 2016 with Seattle.

Michael Wacha (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.

WHITE SOX 2, INDIANS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease worked his way through five shutout innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat Aaron Civale and Cleveland.

Cease walked the leadoff man four times and hit a batter, but wiggled out of trouble each time. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out four.

The Indians went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base, continuing a season-long problem and wasting a terrific start by Civale. They had won three in a row.

Civale (1-2) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings.

Cleveland played without manager Terry Francona and hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. Francona missed his sixth straight game while addressing a gastrointestinal issue he has been dealing with for months. The team announced before the series opener that Van Burkleo had opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus.

RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo hit two solo homers over the Green Monster, Mitch Moreland had a two-run shot and Boston’s beleaguered staff rebounded to lift the Red Sox past Toronto.

Verdugo also robbed Travis Shaw of a homer with a leaping grab and Moreland had a bases-loaded walk to help Boston win its second straight following a four-game losing streak.

Cavan Biggio hit a solo homer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette each had an RBI double for Toronto, which has dropped five of six.

Moreland’s homer sailed just over the 380-foot sign at the edge of the Blue Jays’ bullpen in right off starter Tanner Roark (1-1) in the third inning for his fourth homer.

Reliever Heath Hembree (2-0) got three outs for the victory and Brandon Workman the final three for his third save.

ROYALS 3, TWINS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo, (AP) — Ryan McBroom hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and Kansas City held Minnesota to a pair of solo homers.

Nick Heath and Nicky Lopez also drove in runs for the Royals, who have won two straight after a six-game slide.

Jakob Junis served up homers to Byron Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez before leaving with two outs in the fifth inning, and Greg Holland (2-0) led four relievers in holding down the Twins the rest of the way. Trevor Rosenthal retired the final three batters in order for his second save.

Matt Wisler (0-1) served up McBroom’s homer as Minnesota lost a one-run game for the second consecutive night.

REDS 8, BREWERS 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevor Bauer turned in another stellar outing, and Matt Davidson and Nick Castellanos homered to lead Cincinnati.

Bauer (2-0) gave up three hits and one run in six innings while striking out 12.

The Reds scored six runs in the second off Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer (0-1), ending a 24-inning scoring drought. Cincinnati had pushed across three runs before Davidson’s three-run homer, his first of the season, which barely cleared the wall in center field.

The Reds (6-8) lost 13-0 to Cleveland on Thursday night, failing to score in the last 23 innings of the home-and-home series.

PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS O

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zach Davies retired the first 13 Arizona batters, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a leadoff homer and rookies Jake Cronenworth and Edward Olivares also went deep to lead San Diego.

Davies (2-1) took a perfect game into the fifth before giving up consecutive one-out singles to Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta. He got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters on popups.

Davies allowed three singles in 5 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked none. Four relievers finished the combined four-hitter for San Diego’s first shutout. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.

Luke Weaver (0-3) went only three innings, allowing two runs and two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

ORIOLES 11, NATIONALS 0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Even Chris Davis got in on the act for the suddenly slugging Orioles, doubling his season total by collecting two of Baltimore’s 19 hits and raising his average from .087 to .143 in a big win over Washington.

Seven of the Orioles’ nine starting position players each got at least a pair of hits. Jose Iglesias led the way by going 4 for 4 with three RBIs, and Renato Nunez added a three-run homer to back left-hander Tommy Milone (1-1), whose six-inning outing was the longest by an Orioles pitcher this year.

Milone, who was drafted by the Nationals in 2008 and briefly pitched for them in 2011 and 2018, allowed just three hits and didn’t walk anyone.

The Orioles were coming off getting swept in four games at home by the cobbled-together, coronavirus-struck Miami Marlins. But after scoring a grand total of once through the first three games of that series, Baltimore put up seven runs in the finale Thursday, then kept on swinging well Friday against the reigning World Series champion Nationals and starter Anibal Sanchez (0-2).

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