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Bucs best Tigers in 11 innings

Neil Walker hit an 11th inning homer and Jason Grilli struck out Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the bottom of the inning, lifting the Pirates to a 1-0 extra inning victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates (32-20) and the Detroit Tigers (29-21) needed extra innings to decide game two of their series, which was delayed an hour and 13 minutes due to rain.

The teams battled through 10 scoreless innings, with the Pirates getting a tremendous performance from Jeanmar Gomez, who pitched seven scoreless innings. Detroit’s Rick Porcello was Gomez’s equal, however, throwing seven scoreless frames of his own.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera had an uncharacteristicly quiet night with just one single. Andrew McCutchen also managed just one hit in five at bats and struck out three times.

While most hitters struggled, Walker was on fire, stealing second in the top of the ninth and advancing to third on a poor throw, collecting three hits and eventually knocking in the winning run with his third homer of the year to lead off the top of the 11th.

Walker wasn’t the only one with a great night. Jason Grilli took the mound in the eleventh, and was able to register his league-leading 21st save of the season, mowing down the heart of the Tigers order to lead the Pirates to victory.

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