Tigers, Pirates win extra-innings thrillers


The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed thrilling MLB wins, needing 11 innings on Tuesday.

The Tigers coughed up a lead before rallying past the Miami Marlins 8-7, while the Pirates overcame the St Louis Cardinals 6-5.

There were also pitchers taking centre stage.

Dallas Keuchel helped the Houston Astros to a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees, David Price struck out 10 in the Boston Red Sox's 6-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians and Noah Syndergaard led the New York Mets past the Kansas City Royals 2-0.

Johnny Cueto did the job for the San Francisco Giants, pitching seven innings in a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2, while Nelson Cruz hit his first homer of 2016 in the Seattle Mariners' 10-2 thrashing of the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago Cubs had no problems overcoming the Los Angeles Angels 6-1, the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres 3-0 and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6.

The Chicago White Sox edged past the Oakland Athletics 5-4.


The Tigers' bullpen issues continued as new closer Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save with his new team, but second baseman Kinsler was there to rescue him. Kinsler went three-for-six with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. His final hit came at the top of the 11th inning when he singled to drive in Anthony Gose for the go-ahead run.


David Ortiz smacked his 504th career homer. He is now tied with Eddie Murray for 26th all-time.


Rockies rookie Trevor Story became the first player since Charlie Reilly in 1889 to follow a two-homer debut with a home run in his second game, according to MLB.


Collin McHugh will take the mound for the Astros against the Yankees after Keuchel paved the way on Tuesday. McHugh went 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA last year, so he is one to watch. Michael Pineda will be on the mound for the Yankees after finishing last season 12-10 with a 4.37 ERA.

The Pirates have won the first two games against the Cardinals and send Juan Nicasio out on the mound after he enjoyed a tremendous spring. Mike Leake will make his Cardinals debut as he tries to avoid the sweep.