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Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

5 RBI from Walker put the Pirates on top.

Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates.

Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings. He gave up a lead off homer to Ramon Santiago in the sixth that knotted the score at one. One out later Austin Jackson doubled. What looked like it might be the end worked out fine as Karstens retired Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch. Daniel McCutchen, Chris Resop, and Jose Ascanio finished with an inning of scoreless relief each.

The Pirates took the lead off Brad Penny in the fourth. Ryan Doumit singled in Jose Tabata with the first run of the game. After Santiago's dinger tied it in the sixth, the Pirates wasted no time in jumping on Penny in the home half of the sixth. Lyle Overbay led off with a homer to break the tie. One out later Brandon Wood walked. He moved to third on a single fr...

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