Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with four hits and former Pirates farmhand Robbie Grossman added four hits, including a home run, to spark the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Cabrera and Grossman each collected three of their hits off Pirates starter Mitch Keller, who made it through just five innings and gave up 10 hits and a walk while striking out six in falling to 4-11 on the season.
The Tigers struck first in the opening frame off Keller, with Grossman reaching on a two-out single and Cabrera driving him home with a double.
The Pirates pulled even in the second inning on Ben Gamel’s leadoff double and Kevin Newman’s two-out single.
Detroit snapped that tie in the third as base hits by Akil Baddoo and Grossman put runners at first and third, and once again Cabrera made the Pirates pay with an RBI single.
The Tigers added two more in the fifth, and Cabrera and Grossman again figured in the scoring.
Grossman’s one-out single moved Badoo to second, and he came around to score on Cabrera’s third hit of the game.
Detroit tacked on another run in the seventh on Grossman’s two-out homer, his 22nd of the season.
The Pirates managed just six hits, with Newman collecting two of them.
The Bucs will enjoy an off-day Thursday and then return to PNC Park Friday to host the Washington Nationals in the first game of a three-game series.