Tigers down Pirates in extra innings
LAKELAND, Fla. – Freddy Guzman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday to boost the Detroit Tigers to an 8-7 victory against the Pirates.
Guzman homered with two outs against left-hander Casey Fossum.
Raul Chavez, bidding to make the Opening Day roster as a backup catcher, hit a solo homer in the top of the 10th that momentarily put the Pirates up 7-6.
Chavez connected off Francis Beltran and sent a line drive over the left field wall. It was Chavez’s second homer in eight at-bats this spring.
The Pirates tied it in the ninth by scoring four runs against closer Todd Jones. Luis Cruz had a run-scoring double and Kevin Thompson drove in two runs with a double to left field.
The Tigers, who led 6-1 after six innings, scored five runs on five hits against starter Phil Dumatrait.
“Against that lineup, you really can’t make a mistake,” Dumatrait said. “They’ve got power, one through nine.”
Four of the five hits off Dumatrait went for extra bases. Ryan Raburn, Placido Polanco and Miguel Cabrera doubled. Carlos Guillen had a run-scoring triple.
Dumatrait was trying to pitch inside more often in the third and fourth innings, when Detroit all of its damage against him.
“But I was flying open and wound up elevating the ball,” Dumatrait said. “Against this team, there’s no room for error.”
Guillen also hit a solo homer in the sixth. It was the only hit allowed in two innings by Bryan Bullington.
Andrew McCutchen and Xavier Nady had RBI singles for the Pirates.