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Pirates Trounce Tigers, 4-1

Behind three RBIs by Andrew McCutchen and six strong innings thrown by spot-starter Brad Lincoln, the Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon by a score of 4-1.

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff is creating a buzz around the league, being one of the top home rotations in the Major Leagues. With another strong home outing by a starting pitcher, the Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Lincoln got the starting nod and did a spectacular job, throwing six innings of baseball and even taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. Andrew McCutchen provided the offensive firepower for the Bucs, smashing a towering three-run homer to fuel the victory.

“It’s one of those things, you need to go at guys and stay with your game plan,” said Lincoln of his success. “You just go out there, you know, and give your team the best chance to win. My game plan is to do that every day.”

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. Alex Presley smacked a leadoff double and Jose Tabata was hit by a pitch by Tigers’ starter, Max Scherzer. Andrew McCutchen got himself into a 0-2 hole in the next at-bat before sending a towering, three-run homer into the left field bleachers to put the Pirates up 3-0.

Lincoln kept the Tigers scoreless until the top of the seventh inning. Before exiting the game in the seventh, Lincoln gave up a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera which allowed the Tigers to close the gap to 3-1. But the Tigers’ offensive effort stopped there.

“I was not gonna walk him, I was gonna go right at him,” said Lincoln of Cabrera’s solo shot. “He got the best of me, but that’s how it works. I still felt good out there today.”

The Pirates added an insurance run in the bottom half of the seventh. Casey McGehee lined a pinch-hit double to lead off the inning, and Neil Walker followed that up with a single to left field in the next at-bat to bring him in, setting the final score at 4-1.

Joel Hanrahan notched his 19th save on the season, closing out the game in the ninth inning.

“There’s no place like home,” said manager Clint Hurdle with a laugh. “Our pitchers have pitched well here. They’ve got a comfort zone here.”

On Deck:

The Pirates look to sweep the three-game series against Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.12 ERA) gets the starting bid against Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander (7-4, 2.57 ERA) with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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