Tigers offense backs up Buck Farmer, downs Pirates 8-4

DETROIT, Mich. (Detroit Free Press -- Rookie right-hander Buck Farmer gave the Detroit Tigers a chance, allowing four runs over five innings in his major league debut. Then the bats came alive.

The Tigers came back from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Pirates, 8-4, tonight at Comerica Park, snapping a four-game skid.

Nick Castellanos had an RBI triple in the second to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. He hit his ninth home run of the season to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning.

The Tigers added three more runs in the seventh to take an 8-4 lead. Victor Martinez hit a two-run single with the bases loaded and none out and Torii Hunter grounded into a force out to score Miguel Cabrera.

Alex Avila hit his 10th home run of the season to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fifth. Eugenio Suarez singled and Ezequiel Carrera hit into a fielder's choice, but was safe on an error by Pirates second basemen Jayson Nix. Cabrera drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Martinez followed with an RBI single to score Carrera, tying the game.

Farmer gave up an RBI double to Russell Martin in the third inning. The Pirates added three more runs in the fourth on an RBI triple by Jordy Mercer and a two-run home run by Travis Snider.

Lefty Blaine Hardy took over in the sixth inning for the Tigers and allowed one hit with two strikeouts over two scoreless innings of relief.

Joba Chamberlain gave up a walk but struck out two in the eighth.

Joe Nathan walked back-to-back hitters before getting out of the jam in the ninth inning.


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