Seven straight losses. Last place. Help!
It was an up and down game for the Pirates. Paul Maholm pitched into trouble and was relatively unscathed. Garrett Jones hit a solo homer in the fourth to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead that held up until the 7th. Maholm was out, Evan Meek was in. With two out and two on, Ryan Doumit – at first again – couldn’t handle a throw from Meek and both Tiger runners scored.
But Jose Tabata helped even the score in the home 8th. He stretched a single into a double and then stole third. Neil Walker drove him home to knot it at 3.
The game went into extra innings. But it didn’t last long. Carlos Gullen led off the home half of the 10th with a walk off homer against Brendan Donnelley.
Maholm gave up just one run in six innings despite allowing eight hits and three walks. Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs in seven innings on six hits. He whiffed six.
Seven straight losses.
1.5 games out of fifth place.
Bucs are averaging just 3.3 runs per game in June.
Maholm has a 2.58 ERA over his last six starts, yet only is 2-1 in that span. This was his first career start against Detroit. Bonderman has no decisions against Pittsburgh. This was his third career start.
Jones is hitting .467 during a modest four game hitting streak.
Johnny Damon had three hits for Detroit. He has five hits in two games against the Pirates.