The Pirates beat the Tigers 7 to 4 yesterday.
The Pirates doubled five times off Justin Verlander and drove up his pitch count before forcing him out in the fifth inning for that 7-4 victory.
Much of the damage was done by the bottom five batters in the Pirates’ order, as they went a combined 10 for 17 with three doubles.
Verlander (0-1) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
His 111 pitches were his most in an outing lasting fewer than five innings.
Jonathan Niese (1-0) gave up four runs – three earned – and five hits in six innings.
Three relievers finished, with Mark Melancon pitching a one-hit ninth for his third save.
Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers, who have lost two straight after a 3-0 start.
The two teams resume play at Comerica Park this afternoon.
The first pitch is at 1:10.
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports