Pirates knock Detroit out of first

NATE BARNES Associated Press Published:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates already had a four-run lead over an ailing Justin Verlander when Travis Snider threw out a runner at the plate in the second for an inning-ending double play.

"It very well could've been one of those things you talk about as a momentum-changer," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Snider not only saved runs, he created them.

Snider hit a pair of home runs and drove in four, Starling Marte added three RBIs and the Pirates coasted to an 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Gregory Polanco also threw out a runner at the plate, when Rajai Davis tried to score from second on Miguel Cabrera's single in the eighth. Even with a five-run lead at the time, the game could've become much closer.

"They left as many men on base as we did," Hurdle said. "They were a swing of the bat from being right back in the game three times tonight."

Verlander (10-11) gave up five runs on four hits and walked two before he was removed after pitching one inning with right shoulder soreness.

"Just didn't feel great," Verlander said, "and disappointing on a night that the team really needed me."

The loss, coupled with Kansas City's 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now first-place Royals in the AL Central Division.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Verlander with one out in the first inning, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left-field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first took an odd hop, and Victor Martinez couldn't glove it.

Verlander threw 40 pitches and bunted in the second before he was removed. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Detroit on Tuesday.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous," Verlander said. "I've never been through this before."

Verlander added there was no sharp pain in his shoulder, but manager Brad Ausmus removed him from the game to risk any further injury.

Snider knocked in two more in the eighth inning off Phil Coke with his eighth homer, a two-run, opposite-field shot.

Martin hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, and Ike Davis followed with his eighth.

Snider was 3 for 5 and scored three runs.

"Just another day," Snider said. "For me, it's nice to contribute offensively, and defensively, and help this team win."

Detroit scored three runs in the sixth to get within 8-4 and knock Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke out of the game.

Cabrera, Martinez and Torii Hunter started the inning with consecutive hits, and Cabrera scored on Hunter's double. Alex Avila drove Martinez home with a single, and Hunter scored when Don Kelly hit into a fielder's choice.

Locke (4-3) was responsible for four runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Sunday.

Pirates: Pittsburgh placed CF Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4. ... 2B Neil Walker (back) was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game. ... RHP Gerrit Cole returned to Pittsburgh after making his third rehab start Sunday. He has been on the DL since July 5 with a strained right lat. There is still no timetable for his return to action.

ON DECK

Tigers: LHP Robby Ray (1-1, 4.70 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start on Tuesday in Detroit's second of two games in Pittsburgh. In one start this season against Minnesota on May 11, Ray pitched six shutout innings.

Pirates: RHP Edinson Volquez (9-7, 3.70 ERA) starts for the Pirates after allowing one hit in seven shutout innings against Miami on Thursday. Volquez hasn't fared well against Detroit in two career starts, allowing eight runs in 9 2-3 innings.

STAFF SHAKEUP

In addition to Soria's placement on the disabled list, the Tigers optioned left-handed relievers Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo. Taking their places are RHP Justin Miller and LHP Ian Krol.

The Tigers also purchased the contract of RHP Kevin Whelan from Toledo and unconditionally released LHP Casey Crosby.

Detroit's relievers have compiled a 4.38 ERA this season, the fifth-worst in the majors.

In the starting rotation, RHP Rick Porcello's start has been pushed pack to Friday. Detroit will start RHP Buck Farmer on Wednesday and RHP Max Scherzer is slated to start Thursday.

ROYALS 3, ATHLETICS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals won their eighth straight game and took over the AL Central lead Monday night when Yordano Ventura outdueled Sonny Gray during a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics.

The victory, coupled with a loss by Detroit in Pittsburgh, gave the long-suffering Royals a division lead at the latest point in a season since 2003.

Alcides Escobar drove in a run in the second inning before delivering a two-out single off Gray (12-6) in the seventh, putting Kansas City in front.

Kelvin Herrera (3-2) took over for Ventura and tossed spotless seventh inning.

RAYS 7, RANGERS 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Drew Smyly allowed three hits in his first win since the David Price trade, Matt Joyce had a two-run single and the Rays beat the Rangers.

Smyly (7-10) struck out nine in a career-high 7 2/3 innings to beat the Rangers for the second time this season.

Colby Lewis (8-9) couldn't build on the momentum of his second career shutout, giving up five runs -- two earned -- in five innings.

BREWERS 3, CUBS 1

CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sparkling innings and Khris Davis had a tiebreaking RBI double, leading the Brewers to a victory over the Cubs.

Gallardo bounced back nicely from a sluggish outing against San Francisco, allowing one run and six hits while improving to 9-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 career starts against Chicago.

Mark Reynolds connected for his 20th homer.

Coming off his worst start of the year, Jake Arrieta (6-4) gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings for the Cubs.

DODGERS 6, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA -- Kevin Correia won in his debut with the Dodgers, outpitching All-Star Julio Teheran and leading Los Angeles over the slumping Braves.

Los Angeles has won four of six to increase its NL West lead to five games over idle San Francisco. The Braves have dropped 10 of 12 and fallen four games behind NL East-leading Washington.

Correia was tied for the major league lead in losses with a 5-13 record when he was traded from Minnesota to the Dodgers on Saturday. He excelled for Los Angeles, giving up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Teheran (10-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Carl Crawford got three hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.

MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 5

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help the Marlins beat the Cardinals.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler (8-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.

Steve Cishek escaped the ninth to record his 30th save in 33 chances. With two outs, Cishek allowed an RBI triple by Kolten Wong and an RBI single by Matt Holliday allowing the Cardinals to pull to 6-5. Cishek struck out Matt Adams to end the game.

Jon Jay hit a two-run home run, Holliday had four hits, and Shelby Miller (8-9) allowed five runs in five innings for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.

TWINS 4, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON -- Joe Mauer had two hits in his return from the disabled list, including a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning, to help the Twins to a win over the Astros.

A pair of walks by Josh Fields (2-5) left runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth when Mauer's groundball single to left field scored Jordan Schafer. Brian Dozier also scored on the play.

Brian Duensing (3-2) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win.

Chris Carter and Jose Altuve both had solo homers for Houston and Jake Marisnick had a career-high four hits.

Tommy Milone allowed eight hits and two runs in his debut with the Twins after being traded from Oakland for Sam Fuld on July 31.

MARINERS 11, BLUE JAYS 1

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez allowed one run in seven strong innings and Robinson Cano helped provide him with a jolt of run support as the Seattle Mariners romped to an 11-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Opening the most anticipated August series in Seattle since 2007, Hernandez (13-3) made his 16th straight start of at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or less. Hernandez needed just 96 pitches to get through seven and his only mistake was Jose Bautista's solo home run in the fourth.

Cano ignited a seven-run sixth inning with his 10th homer of the season for a 3-1 lead.

That was just the start. Mike Zunino followed with an RBI triple -- the second triple of his career -- and an RBI double by Endy Chavez ended the night for Toronto starter Drew Hutchison (8-10).

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning and the Padres beat the last-place Rockies for their ninth win in 12 games.

Solarte's third shot with the Padres, and ninth overall this season, came off Boone Logan (2-3) and was an inning after Colorado's Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.

Nick Vincent (1-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

ORIOLES 11, YANKEES 3

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis hit a two-run homer after replacing an injured Manny Machado, and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 11-3 Monday night to drop New York a season-high seven games out of first place.

After Davis put the Orioles ahead in the fifth inning, Nelson Cruz connected with a man on in the seventh and Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot in the eighth to turn the game into a rout. Cruz now has 31 homers, tied for the major league lead with rookie Jose Abreu of the White Sox.

Machado, a 2013 All-Star third baseman, sprained his right knee in the second inning while hitting a broken-bat grounder to shortstop. He dropped on his back in the batter's box and needed help getting off the field.

Machado will be re-examined Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury and whether a stint on the disabled list is necessary.

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