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Friday, 31 May 2013 09:40

Pirates stay hot, beat Tigers in 11 innings

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Russell Martin hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew McCutchen walked. Gaby Sanchez loaded the bases by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield. Martin then ripped a 2-1 pitch into the gap to give the Pirates (34-20) their 16th win in 20 games. The Tigers left 11 runners on base as they lost their third straight. Detroit starter Doug Fister struck out 12 in seven innings and allowed four hits.  Miguel Cabrera hit two doubles for the Tigers. Bryan Morris (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning.