Tigers too strong for Pirates

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    THE Detroit Tigers blasted five homers, including four in their first five at-bats, as they powered past the host Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 on Saturday.

    Niko Goodrum, Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron and Jeimer Candelario homered off Pittsburgh left-hander Derek Holland during the Tigers’ five-run first inning. JaCoby Jones also homered for Detroit, which has scored 28 runs during the first two games of the series.

    Cabrera finished with three hits and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop supplied three hits, three runs scored and an RBI, while Cron added two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Candelario had his second straight three-hit game.

    The Tigers hit four home runs in an inning for the first time since the fourth inning on June 1, 2013 at Baltimore. It was the first time in franchise history they blasted four homers before making an out.

    In other games, it was the Athletics 3, Astros 1; Yankees 8, Rays 4 (Game 1); Rays 5, Yankees 3 (Game 2); Giants 5, Dodgers 4; Mets 8, Marlins 4; Rockies 5, Mariners 0; Royals 9, Twins 6; Reds 4, Brewers 1; Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1; Diamondbacks 3, Padres 2; Indians 7, White Sox 1; Rangers 2, Angels 0; Phillies 5, Braves 0; Orioles 5, Nationals 3.