Miguel Cabrera, Robbie Grossman power Detroit Tigers past Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, 5-1
By ALAN SAUNDERS
PITTSBURGH — Miguel Cabrera and Robbie Grossman each had four hits, and the Detroit Tigers avoided a sweep by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Wednesday night.
Cabrera was 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. He doubled off the Clemente Wall in right field to score Grossman in the first, singled home Akil Baddoo in the third and bounced one up the middle in the fifth to bring in Jonathan Schoop.
Grossman was 4 for 5 and scored three runs. He singled in his first three at-bats and hit a solo home run just inside the right field foul pole in the seventh.
The 38-year-old Cabrera has 2,971 hits in his career. The four-hit game was his first since April 26, 2019.
“He amazes me every single day,” Grossman said. “Other guys on other teams talk about how great he is. It’s an honor to play with someone that’s that well regarded. … I joked with him earlier, ‘Do you have your Hall of Fame speech ready?'”
Jeimer Candelario added an RBI single in the fifth.
Drew Hutchison (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Detroit, his first win in the majors since Aug. 17, 2018. The Detroit bullpen pitched six scoreless after giving up six runs in the first two games of the series.
Pirates starter Mitch Keller (4-11) yielded four runs and 10 hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Detroit starter Matt Manning left the game on the final play of the third inning. He was struck on the knee by Colin Moran’s hard-hit line drive.
Manning stayed down for a moment before limping to the clubhouse with a left knee contusion. X-rays on his leg were negative for a fracture.