TODAY IS Monday December 18th
Williams dominates at Pirates beat Tigers 3-0
Tuesday Aug 08, 2017 12:00am

(PITTSBURGH) – Trevor Williams lost out in the derby to be the Pittsburgh Pirates' fifth starter in the spring. Banished to the bullpen for the first month of the season, he felt he needed to turn himself into a flamethrower. When he was brought back into the rotation in early May, he tried to pitch with the same mentality, but it didn't work. Now he's settled down and pitching like a starter. Williams allowed one hit over seven dominant innings to outduel Detroit's Justin Zimmermann as the Pirates beat the Tigers 3-0 on Monday night. Williams (5-4) struck out five and walked two, relying on his defense and a fair amount of maturity to lead Pittsburgh to a third straight victory. James McCann provided Detroit's only hit, a solid single leading off the third. Otherwise, Williams was firmly in control. No Tiger reached third base, thanks in part to some solid play behind him. Ian Kinsler hit a ball to the warning track in right field with two outs and McCann on base in the third. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen made a beautiful diving grab on a sinking liner by Mikei Mahtook in the sixth, and third baseman David Freese made a spinning stop on a grounder by Justin Upton in the seventh. Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the early lead with an RBI double off Zimmermann (7-9) in the second. John Jason provided some late insurance with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh. Zimmermann struck out three and walked two in seven innings as the Tigers lost their third straight following a four-game winning streak

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