The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their 8th game in a row on Sunday afternoon, falling a season-high 17 games (23-40) under .500.
The Pirates wasted a strong start from Jeff Karstens who went 7 innings, allowing two runs on 6 hits.
The Pirates held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 8th inning until Miguel Cabrera drove an outside pitch from Javier Lopez over the right-center fence in the eighth inning for a three-run homer that sent the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
“As long as you watch baseball, you won’t see many guys that hit the ball to opposite field like that,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “People get used to it around here. But trust me, in the history of the game, there’s not many guys that take it out to opposite field like it’s nothing.”
Leyland managed one of those players, Barry Bonds, for the first seven years of his career. Since Bonds left the Pirates in 1992 to sign with San Francisco, they haven’t had a winning record.
Pittsburgh, an NL-worst 23-40, has lost a season-high eight straight to push the franchise closer to extending its run of futility. The Pirates have had 17 straight losing seasons, the longest streak in Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL.
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