Tigers lose lead to Pirates for second day in a row
The Detroit Tigers lost a lead for the second day in a row, falling to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Tuesday night at PNC Park. The Pirates (50-89) entered the series on a six-game losing streak but have now won two in a row against Detroit (65-75). The Tigers also got the lead-off man on in the ninth inning when Harold Castro slapped a single to left. But reliever Chris Stratton once again retired three in a row to close out the game. BOX SCOREUp next: The Tigers wrap up their three-game series in Pittsburgh on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Tigers rookie right-hander Matt Manning (3-6, 6.29 ERA) will face Pirates righty Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.23).mlive.com
Walk away: Indians rally again, keep AL Central hopes alive
“We want to win the division.”Down 3-1 and held to one hit for eight innings, the Indians found more of the late-inning magic that has carried them this week. Delino DeShields — who broke up Pittsburgh's no-hit bid with a perfectly placed bunt single in the seventh — hit a one-out RBI single. Adam Plutko (2-2) picked up his first career win in relief for the Indians (34-25), who have clinched a playoff spot but want more. It's quite a turnaround for the Indians, who recently dropped eight straight from Sept. 8-16 and have been plagued with offensive inconsistency all season. Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Carrasco, but the Pirates couldn't hold on and dropped to 2-16 against AL Central teams.
Cubs clinch playoff spot, Pirates win on Stallings HR in 9th
The NL Central-leading Cubs were assured a spot in the expanded playoff field when Philadelphia was swept in a doubleheader at Washington. It was Stallings’ third home run of the season and the third game-ending hit of his career. Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer in the eighth inning had pulled the Cubs into a tie at 2-all. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Erik Gonzalez in the second inning and Adam Frazier in the fifth. Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (1-8, 6.70) has lost five straight decisions since getting his lone win Aug. 13 at Cincinnati.