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MLB – The Tigers Lose To The Pirates – The Two Teams Play Again Today

Posted on April 12, 2016 in Professional Sports News.

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

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