Tigers beat Pirates in 11 inning slug fest 17-13
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Niko Goodrum drives in two runs against Pittsburgh (photo courtesy of Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

(PITTSBURGH) – Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-13 in a startling slugfest on Friday night. Both teams finished with 16 hits, surprising since each club had four players in the starting lineup batting under .190. Those numbers soon changed as Detroit played its first game in five days. Erik Gonzalez, batting ninth for the Pirates, drove in six runs. He homered, doubled and singled twice as Pittsburgh lost for the eighth time in nine games and fell to 3-11, the worst record in the majors. It was 12-all after nine innings and Jeimer Candelario broke a 13-all tie with an RBI single in the 11th. Austin Romine singled home another run and Goodrum capped the inning with his line drive to right field. Candelario finished with three hits and three RBI as Detroit improved to 6-5, a year after its 47-114 record was the worst in the major leagues. The Tigers returned to action for the first time since Sunday after their four-game series with St. Louis earlier in the week was postponed because of the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak. In the top half of the 10th, JaCoby Jones delivered an RBI single with two outs. Cole Tucker countered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half when the Pirates left runners on first and second. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd was tagged for seven runs and eight hights in 4 2/3 innings. He left after giving up Phillip Evans' three run homer that put the Pirates back ahead 7-5 in the fifth. Rookie Bryan Garcia (2-0) got the win despite giving up the 10th-inning run. Dovydas Neverauskas (0-2) allowed all four runs in the 11th. Pirates starter Chad Kuhl allowed only one run and one hit, a leadoff homer by C.J. Cron in the second, in four innings of work with seven strikeouts. He made his first start since June 2018, after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.