DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Anderson and the Pittsburgh Pirates are closing in on .500.
Anderson pitched five solid innings, and the Pirates took the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, 3-2 over the Detroit Tigers. Pittsburgh has won five of its last seven and is 8-9 on the season after starting 1-6.
The Pirates and Tigers were playing a doubleheader because Tuesday night’s game was postponed on a snowy day in the Detroit area. There was still a white dusting on top of the bushes beyond the wall in center field Wednesday, plus some flurries late in the game. The temperature at game time was 40 degrees, but Anderson didn’t seem too preoccupied with that.
“The dugouts are fine,” he said. “Not too bad in the dugouts.”
Pittsburgh scored all its runs in the fourth inning after Michael Fulmer (1-1) retired the Pirates in order through the first three.
Anderson (2-2) allowed two runs and three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Kyle Crick worked a perfect sixth, and Richard Rodríguez retired the Tigers in order in the seventh and final inning for his second save.
Victor Reyes doubled in the third and scored on Robbie Grossman’s sacrifice fly.
The Pirates answered immediately. Adam Frazier, Phillip Evans and Bryan Reynolds started the fourth with consecutive singles, the last one driving in Frazier. Evans scored on Colin Moran’s groundout, and Erik González added an RBI single one out later.
“I think we found a couple holes,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We did a nice job. We gave up a a run, we came right back. … I thought our at-bats got better as the game went on.”
Jonathan Schoop hit an RBI single for Detroit with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
Fulmer allowed three runs and four hits in four innings.
“I thought today went well,”…