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Pirates Rally To Defeat Tigers 8-7, Split Series

Marte hit a two run home run in fifth and Reynolds hit the go ahead three run home run in the sixth

June 19, 2019 - 11:14 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - A two run home run by Starling Marte in the fifth inning and a three run home run by Bryan Reynolds in the sixth inning help the Pirates complete the comeback to win game two of this series against Detroit 8-7 to earn a split.

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Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless sixth, Francisco Liriano a scoreless seventh and eigth and Felipe Vasquez a scoreless ninth to earn the save out of the bullpen Wednesday night.

The Pirates offense has been the most consistent part of this team since the beginning of May as Detroit held the 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the third, but the Pirates scored two in the third, two in the fifth and Bryan Reynolds gave Pittsburgh the 8-7 lead with a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Outfielder Corey Dickerson got the comeback started with a two run double in the third inning and after the game talked about even though they were down by six, there was still belief that they would rally in the dugout.

"You try to feed off one another, continue to talk about the pitcher, what he may have, what you may have seen up there to help the next guy out," said Dickerson. "Not to be selfish, try to be a good teammate and that stuff seems to work out and put together good at bats."

It was a mixed bag kind of night for Pirates Starting Pitcher Trevor Williams, who returned from the injured list tonight. Williams had a rough start to the game as the first two batters of the game, Jones and Stewart, came around to score and the Tigers plated five runs in the third inning behind a two run home run by Brandon Dixon and a solo home run by Harold Castro. 

After the home run by Castro in the third inning, Williams retired the next nine consecutive batters as he goes five innings while giving up seven runs on nine hits, including two home runs, and striking out seven while giving up no walks.

"Knowing I couldn't let it get too out of hand, six runs is a big deficit and I'm thankful for our guys to pick me up tonight," said Williams. "They picked me up not only on offense, but those final three innings for me we had some big plays made behind me as well. I think tonight is going to be a turning point for us as a team, how we came back, how we responded to adversity especially after a tough loss last night and coming back and not letting ourselves get buried."

After an off day on Thursday, the Pirates will open up a 3-game series with the San Diego Padres Friday night at PNC Park when they send Joe Musgrove (4-7, 4.87 ERA) to the mound against the Padres and a yet to be determined pitcher.

Our coverage on Friday night will begin at 5:40 pm with the NASCO Roofing Preview Show Live from Federal Street next to the Bill Mazeroski statue.

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's postgame comments below:

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