The Detroit Tigers fell short in game two of a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates, unable to win two-straight after picking up a dominating 6-0 win in game one. They haven't won two-straight games since late April. The Tigers were unable to recover after staring pitcher Drew Smyly gave up two runs in the first inning, by way of an Andrew McCutchen home run that also scored Josh Harrison.
Smyly gave up two more runs in the fifth inning after the Tigers tied it in the third off a Prince Fielder homerun that scored Andy Dirks. McCutchen struck again in the fifth, once again scoring Harrison. Smyly was pulled then, going four-plus innings with seven hits allowed and four earned runs, while walking two and striking out six. He was handed the loss.
A.J. Burnett was given the win for the Tigers, pitching six innings of two-run ball with three walks and two strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera scored off an error in the seventh inning but they weren't able to get another to tie the game and fell 4-3 in the end. Game three is set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. eastern.