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Josh Bell, Garrit Cole lead Pirates past Tigers 7-5
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Josh Bell, Garrit Cole lead Pirates past Tigers 7-5
(DETROIT) - A few words of advice from Hall of Famer Dave Winfield a few years ago gave Josh Bell the inner belief that someday he would harness his power. That time has arrived for the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie first baseman. Bell hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs Thursday, leading the Pirates over the Detroit Tigers 7-5. Last season, Bell hit 14 homers at Triple-A Indianapolis and another three in a brief stint with the Pirates. This season, his 45 extra-base hits are the most by a Pittsburgh rookie since Andrew McCutchen hit 49 in 2009. Bell's first-inning sacrifice fly gave the Pirates the lead, and his two-run homer off Drew VerHagen (0-2) in the third put Pittsburgh ahead for good. Gerrit Cole (10-8) allowed six hits and three earned runs in a season-high eight innings. He improved to 3-1 since the All-Star break and is 6-3 in his last 10 starts. After Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Tigers took the lead in the bottom half on a two run triple by Nick Castellanos. Mikie Mahtook hit a solo homer for the Tigers in the bottom of the third. Detroit closed the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double from Victor Martinez and an RBI groundout by James McCann. Detroit has lost five of six.

St. Louis 8 – Kansas City 6
Minnesota 7 – Milwaukee 2

Miguel Cabrera slides in at home ahead of a tag while Mikie Mahtook watches (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP)
(07-14-2018) • Saturday morning sports • LaGrange, IN

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