Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers , Pirates 4 Nix's Error in 5th Sets Loss in Motion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers , Pirates 4 Nix's Error in 5th Sets Loss in Motion

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DETROIT -- Seven losses in their previous nine games notwithstanding, the Detroit Tigers still possess one of the best offenses in baseball. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, the power bats in the middle of the order, present the largest threat -- and Martinez made good on it Wednesday night -- but the bottom of the order chipped in, too.

Amid a slew of 12 Tigers hits at Comerica Park, the Pirates lost, 8-4, ending a four-game losing streak for Detroit that had forced the Tigers out of first place in the American League Central Division.

Pirates starter Vance Worley allowed five runs, but only three were earned, courtesy of a Jayson Nix error in the Tigers' three- run fifth, but Worley gave up nine hits in 51/3 innings, including solo homers to Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos.

"There's a couple counts where I got behind, had to throw some good pitches," Worley said. "For the most part, that's a good hitting ballclub."

The start ended an impeccable four-start streak in which Worley (5-2) held opponents to three earned runs in 28 innings.

Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Castellanos, Avila and Eugenio Suarez, the bottom three hitters in the Tigers lineup, combined to go 4 for 11 with three extra-base hits, three runs and three RBIs.

"This is a very good hitting ballclub that we're playing, and you've got to make pitches," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And throughout the course of the night, we missed some locations, and they took advantage of them."

Stolmy Pimentel allowed three runs in the seventh while giving up two hits and two walks, one intentional, without recording an out.

"He didn't throw any strikes. Not enough quality strikes," Hurdle said. "... You're underneath games, you've got to find some innings and some outs from some other people."

Tigers spot starter Buck Farmer made his major league debut Wednesday night, but he did more than that. He also made his third start above Class A, bypassing Class AAA entirely on his way to the majors.

"I don't think it was something we over-prepared for by any means," said Travis Snider, who hit his third homer in the past three games.

In five innings, Farmer allowed four runs, including a two-run homer, and six hits. …

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