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Recap: Tigers 6, Pirates 11
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: PNC Park
Date: August 11, 2014 7:05 PM EDT
  

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates already had a four-run lead over an ailing Justin Verlander when Travis Snider threw out a runner at the plate in the second for an inning-ending double play.

'It very well could've been one of those things you talk about as a momentum-changer,' manager Clint Hurdle said.

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Snider not only saved runs, he created them.

Snider hit a pair of home runs and drove in four, Starling Marte added three RBIs and the Pirates coasted to an 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Gregory Polanco also threw out a runner at the plate, when Rajai Davis tried to score from second on Miguel Cabrera's single in the eighth. Even with a five-run lead at the time, the game could've become much closer.

'They left as many men on base as we did,' Hurdle said. 'They were a swing of the bat from being right back in the game three times tonight.'

Verlander (10-11) gave up five runs on four hits and walked two before he was removed after pitching one inning with right shoulder soreness.

'Just didn't feel great,' Verlander said, 'and disappointing on a night that the team really needed me.'

The loss, coupled with Kansas City's 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now first-place Royals in the AL Central Division.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Verlander with one out in the first inning, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left-field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first took an odd hop, and Victor Martinez couldn't glove it.

Verlander threw 40 pitches and bunted in the second before he was removed. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Detroit on Tuesday.

'I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous,' Verlander said. 'I've never been through this before.'

Verlander added there was no sharp pain in his shoulder, but manager Brad Ausmus removed him from the game to risk any further injury.

Snider knocked in two more in the eighth inning off Phil Coke with his eighth homer, a two-run, opposite-field shot.

Martin hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, and Ike Davis followed with his eighth.

Snider was 3 for 5 and scored three runs.

'Just another day,' Snider said. 'For me, it's nice to contribute offensively, and defensively, and help this team win.'

Detroit scored three runs in the sixth to get within 8-4 and knock Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke out of the game.

Cabrera, Martinez and Torii Hunter started the inning with consecutive hits, and Cabrera scored on Hunter's double. Alex Avila drove Martinez home with a single, and Hunter scored when Don Kelly hit into a fielder's choice.

Locke (4-3) was responsible for four runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Sunday.

Pirates: Pittsburgh placed CF Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4. ... 2B Neil Walker (back) was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game. ... RHP Gerrit Cole returned to Pittsburgh after making his third rehab start Sunday. He has been on the DL since July 5 with a strained right lat. There is still no timetable for his return to action.

ON DECK

Tigers: LHP Robby Ray (1-1, 4.70 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start on Tuesday in Detroit's second of two games in Pittsburgh. In one start this season against Minnesota on May 11, Ray pitched six shutout innings.

Pirates: RHP Edinson Volquez (9-7, 3.70 ERA) starts for the Pirates after allowing one hit in seven shutout innings against Miami on Thursday. Volquez hasn't fared well against Detroit in two career starts, allowing eight runs in 9 2-3 innings.

STAFF SHAKEUP

In addition to Soria's placement on the disabled list, the Tigers optioned left-handed relievers Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo. Taking their places are RHP Justin Miller and LHP Ian Krol.

The Tigers also purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Whelan from Toledo and unconditionally released LHP Casey Crosby.

Detroit's relievers have compiled a 4.38 ERA this season, the fifth-worst in the majors.

In the starting rotation, RHP Rick Porcello's start has been pushed pack to Friday. Detroit will start RHP Buck Farmer on Wednesday and RHP Max Scherzer is slated to start Thursday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at Pirates
Mon, Aug 11 Final 6 to 11
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Pirates
Tue, Aug 12 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Pirates at Tigers
Wed, Aug 13 Final 4 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Pirates at Tigers
Thu, Aug 14 Final 2 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -110   +150   7.5 
 PIT  +100   -170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -118   +135   7.5 
 PIT  +108   -155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  75%   69%   23% 
 PIT  25%   31%   77% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 24, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 0 Over: 0 
 PIT 0 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 5 Cover: +115 
 DET 2 Over: 7 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Monday, Aug 11
 
    Mets at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Rays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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