After Ke’Bryan Hayes singled to lead off the bottom of the first, Kevin Newman gave the Pirates an early lead with a two-run home run off starter Tarik Skuball, his fourth of the season.
After Bryan Reynolds grounded out in the next at-bat, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Jacob Stallings followed up with a pair of singles to put two possible insurance runs on base with only one out. Skuball, however, would get Anthony Alford to strike out and Ben Gamel to ground out, avoiding a dangerous inning.
Bryse Wilson held Detroit in check throughout the first five innings. After allowing three singles in the first inning and a third, he went on to retire the next 12 Tigers hitters in order before surrendering three runs later in the sixth.
A one-out, two-run double by shortstop Niko Goodrum tied the game at two, then a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a temporary one-run lead.
Wilson would bounce back to finish out the sixth by getting Derek Hill to groundout.
After a quiet bottom of the sixth, Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Pirates, despite giving up two hits.
The bottom of Pittsburgh’s lineup pounced on Tigers reliever Kyle Funkhouser in the bottom of the seventh. A pair of walks and a single by Cole Tucker loaded the bases for Hayes, who drove in a pair of runs on a base hit to right field.
Young Hayes in the clutch! pic.twitter.com/mZXHdK4nrs— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 6, 2021
Tsutsugo added two insurance runs a few hitters later, also with a single to right.
Chris Stratton preserved the lead in the eighth by retiring Jeimer Candelario, Eric Haase and Goodrum in order, and David Bednar struck out the side in the ninth, notching his third save of the season.
Shreve was credited with the win, while Funkhouser earned the loss.
ROSTER MOVES: During Monday’s game, it was announced the Pirates had claimed 28-year-old pitcher Connor Overton from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Overton debuted on Aug. 12 and made four scoreless appearances, pitching 6.2 innings, walking two hitters and striking out four, prior to being designated for assignment three days ago.
To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Duane Underwood Jr. was transferred to the 60-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, ending his season.
Overton was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.