The Tigers avoided the sweep Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 victory from PNC Park.
Justin Verlander went the distance for Detroit allowing 2 runs (both earned) on five hits with 1 walk and seven strikeouts.
Verlander’s only real blemish of the game came in the 7th inning when Garrett Jones hit a 2 run home run to tie the game.
“I actually didn’t feel particularly great,” Verlander said. “But at least my location was there. I was able to locate pretty well and got a lot of weak contact because of that. I didn’t have the flashy fastball or anything, but I was able to pitch and go nine innings.”
The Tigers however retook the lead with a Delmon Young single that scored Quintin Berry in the 8th inning.
Detroit matched their run total from the previous two games in the first inning when Berry continued his amazing run hitting a two run home run off of Pirates starter Kevin Correia four pitches into the game. The home run came right after Austin Jackson...