Tigers edge Pirates 3-1 to sweep quick 2-game series

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PITTSBURGH — Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth and the Detroit Tigers completed a two-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

Harold Castro led off the eighth with a single off Wil Crowe (2-3) and Jonathan Schoop followed with a bloop to shallow center that Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds appeared to track down. Replays showed that Reynolds trapped the ball. Cabrera stepped in and delivered a sharp single up the middle, scoring Castro from second as Reynolds’ throw home sailed well up the first-base line.

Schoop and Austin Meadows had two hits apiece for Detroit. Daz Cameron drove in two runs, the first with an RBI triple in the second and the second with an RBI double in the ninth to provide a little insurance for the Tigers, who bounced back after getting swept by the New York Yankees by taking two taut games from the Pirates in less than 16 hours.

Detroit weathered a rain delay of over two hours to pull out a 5-3 victory on Tuesday. The Tigers kept it going in Wednesday’s matinee to win for the seventh time in 11 games.

Will Vest (1-1) earned the win with a perfect seventh inning. Gregory Soto worked out of a two-out, two-on jam in the ninth to collect his 12th save.

Jack Suwinski hit his seventh home run of the season for Pittsburgh, tops among National League rookies, but the Pirates’ offense mustered little else against Detroit starter Alex Faedo and four relievers. Pittsburgh managed just four hits, three of them singles.

Pirates starter Mitch Keller put together his second straight solid start after returning to the rotation following a brief stint working out of the bullpen.

The 26-year-old gave up Cameron’s triple off the Clemente Wall in the second – which likely would have been a double had rookie right fielder Cal Mitchell played the bounce properly – but otherwise kept Detroit in check, limiting the Tigers to four hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts to trim his ERA to 5.26.

Faedo matched Keller through five innings, striking out seven against one walk, his only miscue coming on an off-speed pitch to Suwinski in the fourth that ended in the seats above the 21-foot-high Clemente Wall in right field that tied the game. Faedo has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his seven big league starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Casey Mize (right elbow strain) experienced a setback during his rehab when asked to throw more than 90 feet. Mize is not a candidate for surgery but will meet with doctors before restarting any throwing program. The first overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft has been out since mid-April. … OF Robbie Grossman (strained neck) homered in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday night. … LHP Tyler Alexander (left elbow strain) threw two scoreless innings in the same game.

Pirates: RHP Heath Hembree (right calf strain) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. … 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (back) has resumed light baseball activities but will not accompany the club on the eight-day road trip that starts Thursday.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Are off Thursday before beginning a 10-game homestand on Friday when Toronto visits for a three-game series.

Pirates: Begin an eight-game road trip on Thursday when they visit Atlanta. J.T. Brubaker (0-5, 4.70 ERA) faces Max Fried (5-2, 2.74) in the opener.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.