Scherzer Ks 15, Tigers beat PiratesMay 20, 2012 - 9:54 PM
Scherzer (3-3) surrendered just four hits, two of which were solo homers, and walked only one batter over seven innings. Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and earned his first save of the season.
"Whenever you can do something to really help the team to win, it's a gratifying feeling for anybody in this clubhouse," remarked Scherzer. "For me to go out there and have a game like today that helped get the series win, it puts a smile on my face."
Jhonny Peralta belted a solo homer and scored twice while Delmon Young added an RBI and a run scored as the Tigers took two games in the series.
Kevin Correia (1-5) allowed three runs on four hits in six-plus innings to take the loss. Rod Barajas and Neil Walker both crushed solo shots for the Pirates, who have lost four of their last six games.
"He was tough today," said Barajas about Scherzer. "Sometimes guys are going to go out there with their best stuff. A guy like Scherzer, if he has his best stuff on any given day, he's going to dominate."
Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Detroit tied the game when Prince Fielder doubled and quickly scored on a single from Young to chase Correia from the contest.
Tony Watson entered to face Brennan Boesch, who bunted to move Young into scoring position, before Peralta coaxed a walk.
A passed ball moved both runners up before Avila snuck a single past a diving Clint Barmes at shortstop. The ball trickled into center field, allowing Young and Peralta to score to give Detroit a 4-2 lead.
Pittsburgh pulled within one in the ninth as Josh Harrison doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed home on a sac fly from Barajas, but Benoit caught Nate McClouth staring at strike three to end the comeback bid.
Earlier in the fifth, Scherzer struck out Harrison for his fifth consecutive strikeout, but Barajas quickly halted his streak as he crushed the first pitch he saw into the seats in left to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Detroit responded in the bottom half with a solo blast from Peralta, but the Pirates quickly regained a one-run edge in the sixth as Walker launched his second homer of the year into the right-field seats.
Mickey Lolich holds the Tigers' franchise mark for most strikeouts in a game with 16, which he did twice in 1969...The Tigers have fanned eight or more batters in each of their last 11 games, the longest such streak by the club since at least 1918.
- PITTSBURGH: 3
May 20 3:55 PM
- Rod Barajas sacrifice fly to center scored Josh Harrison with two out. None on with two outs and Nate McLouth due up.
Pirates 3, Tigers 4 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 20 3:52 PM
- Alex Avila single to center scored Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta with one out. Runner on first with one out and Ryan Raburn due up.
Pirates 2, Tigers 4 Bot 7, 1 OutMay 20 3:15 PM
- Delmon Young single to center scored Prince Fielder with none out. Runner on first with none out and Brennan Boesch due up.
Pirates 2, Tigers 2 Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 20 3:01 PM
- Neil Walker one-out, solo Home Run (2) to right. Andrew McCutchen due up.
Pirates 2, Tigers 1 Top 6, 1 OutMay 20 2:36 PM
- Jhonny Peralta one-out, solo Home Run (2) to right. Alex Avila due up.
Pirates 1, Tigers 1 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 20 2:24 PM
- Rod Barajas one-out, solo Home Run (4) to left. Nate McLouth due up.
Pirates 1, Tigers 0 Top 5, 1 OutMay 20 2:15 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 20 1:06 PM
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