The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their six game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on Monday afternoon.
Bryse Wilson pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Chasen Shreve earned the victory (3-1) by pitching a scoreless seventh inning, while David Bednar tallied his 3rd save of the season.
The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two run homerun by Kevin Newman. They held that advantage until the sixth inning, when the Tigers scored three runs. A double by Niko Goodrum scored a pair of runs to tie the game, and a sacrifice fly by Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit the lead at 3-2.
Pittsburgh would take the lead back (and for good) in the seventh inning with four runs of their own. Ke’Bryan Hayes singled to right field, scoring Ben Gamel and Cole Tucker to make it 4-3 in favor of the home team. Later in the inning, a single by Yoshi Tsutsugo scored Colin Moran and Hayes to make it 6-3, which would be the final score.
It was nice to see the Pirates win this game today. Lately, that has been a rather rare occurrence. In a disastrous season, it is a nice bright spot to see this team with the opening game of a series have a decent shot at winning a series. They will have the opportunity to complete the series victory tomorrow evening at PNC Park.
Record vs. Tigers: 3-1
Record vs. American League: 9-9
Record at Home: 29-38
Overall Record: 49-89
Let’s Go Bucs!