May 20, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers Vs. Pirates: Detroit Takes Series With 4-3 Win, 15 Strikeouts From Max Scherzer

The Tigers wrapped up their brief homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates Final Score: Detroit Rides Strong Outing From Max Scherzer To 4-3 Victory

After once again failing to win consecutive games on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers rebounded on Sunday to take the series with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. For a while, it looked like the Tigers were going to waste an absolute gem of a performance by Max Scherzer, but thanks to a late surge in offense, Scherzer and the Tigers picked up a victory.

Scherzer's performance may not have been one for the ages like Justin Verlander's outing on Friday, but he was outstanding. Scherzer struck out 15 batters, all of whom went down swinging. According to STATS (via Jon Morosi), Scherzer is only the second pitcher since 1988 to have at least 15 swinging strikeouts in a single game. What's more, Scherzer helped contribute to a total of 41 strikeouts by Tigers pitchers this weekend, which is a franchise record for a three-game series.

Although Scherzer had a great outing, he did allow two solo home runs. Thanks to a lack of offense for the first six innings (aside from a solo shot by Jhonny Peralta), the Tigers were in danger of losing. In the seventh, the bats finally came alive after Prince Fielder managed to reach second base on a blooper that landed in left field and was deflected out of reach by a Pirates player. A Delmon Young single quickly scored Fielder to tie things up, and an Alex Avila single later in the inning scored Young and Peralta. Just like that, the Tigers took a 4-2 lead.

With Jose Valverde out again because of an injury, Joaquin Benoit was called upon to close out the game for the Tigers. In Valverde-like fashion, Benoit allowed a run to score, making it 4-3, but he did close things out to seal the win for the Tigers.

The Tigers have Monday off before starting a three-game series in Cleveland against the Indians. The Tigers will then head to Minnesota for three games against the Twins and Boston for four games against the Red Sox. The Tigers will finally return home after another lengthy road trip this month on June 1 to take on the New York Yankees.

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Tigers Vs. Pirates Final Score: Justin Verlander's 1-Hitter Powers Detroit To 6-0 Win

A capacity crowd at Comerica Park barely made a peep when right-hander Justin Verlander took the mound on Friday night. For eight innings, Verlander came to the mound and mowed down the Pittsburgh Pirates with clinical efficiency. Verlander's no-hitter was broken up with two outs to go in the Tigers' 6-0 win, at which point the crowd erupted with applause for another masterful pitching performance from the reigning American League Cy Young winner.

Verlander's fastball touched triple digits on the radar gun, but it was his off-speed arsenal that proved to be particular deadly. Josh Harrison, designated hitter for the visit Pirates, cracked the code with one out in the ninth, sending an 87 mph slider into center on the ground. Verlander got the next two hitters to ground out, ending the game.

Delmon Young homered in the fourth inning and drove in two with a seventh inning double, accounting for three of the Tigers' six runs. Price Fielder was 2-for-4, but the night belonged to Verlander.

Verlander has two career no-hitters. A third would have made him one of only six players in history with at least that many. His last no-no came on May 7 of this season against the Blue Jays.

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Justin Verlander Has No-Hitter Broken Up In 9th Inning By Pirates

Justin Verlander almost did it again. Slightly more than a year removed from his second career no-hitter, Verlander nearly threw his third career no-no on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-0 victory for the Detroit Tigers.

Going into Friday, there was talk that the game could be something special. With the Pirates having a pretty mediocre lineup and Verlander starting to heat up again in recent weeks, there was plenty of talk amongst fans that Friday night could result in yet another no-hitter. Through eight and a third innings, it seemed like Verlander was going to do it again.

Verlander was just absolutely dominant in this game. Pirates batters didn't stand a chance. Verlander struck out 12 hitters during the game and walked only two. He could not be stopped on this night, at least not until Josh Harrison came up with one out in the ninth inning. He singled into center field, as the ball went just by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. With the hit, Verlander's attempt to become only the sixth player in baseball history to throw more than two no-hitters came to an end.

Although Verlander wasn't able to throw his third career no-hitter, there's no understating his performance on Friday night. He powered the Tigers to victory at a time when they really needed one, and hopefully much like after his no-hitter a year ago, his performance will help power a turnaround for the Tigers after a disappointing start to the season.

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