(DETROIT) — Tigers ace Justin Verlander struck out 13 batters in seven innings of work, as the Detroit Tigers nipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday.
Verlander — who hadn’t pitched more than five innings in his previous three starts — allowed seven hits, three runs, and two walks while throwing 110 pitches.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta was 4-for-4 from the plate and knocked in three runs in the win.
Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Andrew McCutchen to end the game. Valverde has now saved six of his seven save chances since rejoining the team.
The Pirates (31-20) and Tigers (29-20) will square off again Tuesday. The Tigers will send Rick Porcello (2-2) to the mound to oppose Jeanmar Gomez (2-0).
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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