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Pirates’ Interleague Road Trip Begins With 10-0 Loss In Detroit

August 10, 2017

After having won five of their last six games – all at home, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped a 10-0 decision in Detroit on Wednesday night.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander (8-7) held the Bucs to just one hit through eight innings.  Pittsburgh managed two ninth-inning hits off the Detroit bullpen.  Verlander struck out six batters and walked three

Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova (10-9) surrendered three runs over the first two innings, and the Pirates trailed only 3-0 at the seventh-inning stretch.  But, the Tigers scored three more on Nova in the bottom of the seventh, and tagged four additional runs (3 earned) against Pittsburgh reliever Daniel Hudson during his one-third of an inning of work in the eighth frame.

Offensively, designated hitter Josh Bell managed the only two hits by Pirates starters, and Chris Stewart delivered a pinch hit.  Ian Kinsler counted a home run among his three hits for Detroit (52-61).  He drove home four runs.  Teammate Nicholas Castellanos tallied three hits and five RBI’s.

The game was the third straight interleague contest for the Pirates (56-58) against Detroit – the first two having been played in Pittsburgh.  The Bucs will meet the Tigers one more time on Thursday afternoon (1:10 PM EDT) with Gerrit Cole (9-8; 4.00 ERA) scheduled to face Detroit’s Drew VerHagen (0-1; 5.00 ERA).

The Pirates go into Thursday trailing the Chicago Cubs by three-and-a-half games in the National League Central Division.  The Cubs (59-54) will be idle on Thursday.

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