Ben Gamel's RBI single helps Pirates rally past Tigers 3-2
PITTSBURGH - Ben Gamel had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning among his three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Gamel also made an outstanding catch in left field to end the top of the sixth. He slammed into the fence to take away a potential extra-base hit from Derek Hill with two runners on, preventing the Tigers from adding to their 2-1 lead.
Ke’Bryan Hayes added two hits for the Pirates, who have won the first two games of the series following an 0-for-6 trip to Chicago.
Miguel Cabera went 3 for 4 with a double for the Tigers, raising his career hits total to 2,967. He needs 33 hits in the final 22 games to reach 3,000 this season. Cabrera hit his 500th career home run last month.
Detroit has lost nine of 13 games.
Five Pittsburgh relievers combined for five scoreless innings. Sam Howard (3-4) got the win and Chris Stratton worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his third save.
Pirates starter Dillon Peters was activated from the injured list prior to the game. After missing 10 days with a lower back strain, the left-hander worked four innings and gave up two runs.
Tigers starter Wily Peralta also went four innings and yielded one run. He is winless in eight starts since July 18.
Down 2-1, the Pirates loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning and Gamel then grounded his single off Alex Lange (0-2) into right field. The hit scored Yoshi Tsutsugo, who had singled, and Bryan Reynolds, who doubled.
Hill tripled in a run in the second inning and scored on Robbie Grossman’s single to put the Tigers ahead 2-1.
The Pirates’ Colin Moran had a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
The Tigers recalled right-handers Bryan Garcia and Drew Hutchison from Triple-A Toledo. Two roster spots opened following Monday’s game when right-hander Joe Jimenez was placed on the COVID-19 injured list and righty Drew Carlton was optioned to Toledo.
The Pirates optioned right-hander Shea Spitzbarth to Triple-A Indianapolis as the corresponding move for the activation of Peters.
Tigers: Jimenez and bench coach George Lombard were feeling some COVID-19 symptoms and quarantining at the team hotel after testing positive Monday for the coronavirus. The three staff members away from the team due to contact tracing drove back to Detroit on Tuesday — pitching coach Chris Fetter, quality control coach Josh Paul and bullpen catcher Jeremy Carroll.
Tigers rookie RHP Matt Manning (3-6, 6.29) opposes RHP Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.23) on Wednesday night in the series finale.
Manning was rocked for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Oakland on Thursday. Keller is 1-0 in his last three starts after losing his previous four starts and seven of his last eight decisions.