PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Brad Lincoln #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is pulled from the game against the Detroit Tigers by manager Clint Hurdle #13 during the interleague game on June 23, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Lincoln allowed just two hits in six innings, striking out seven. His only run allowed came when he left a fastball up for a solo homer by Miguel Cabrera leading off the seventh, at which point the Pirates replaced Lincoln with Juan Cruz. That was one of just four hits for the Tigers overall.
McCutchen's three-run blast came in the fourth, after Alex Presley led off with a double and Jose Tabata was hit by a pitch. The Bucs got another run in the seventh when Casey McGehee doubled and Neil Walker singled him home.
This was a great afternoon for Lincoln. I'm not sure what chance he has of remaining in the rotation when Jeff Karstens returns, but I'm sure this helped. It was also a nice win for the Bucs, who are now 38-32 and remain just one game back of the Reds. The Pirates' run differential for the year is also up to -4. Sunday's game against Justin Verlander will make it hard for the Bucs to continue their winning streak, but who am I to count them out now?