McCutchen, Kuhl lift Pirates over reeling Tigers 6-3

Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl picked up the first RBI of his major league career at the plate. Kuhl (5-7) looked considerably more comfortable on the mound, taking a shutout into the sixth to improve to 4-1 since June 20. He struck out six and walked just one as the Pirates doubled up the slumping Detroit Tigers 6-3.

Andrew McCutchen took Tigers starter Matt Boyd to the seats in center field leading off the fourth for his 23rd home run of the season and franchise-record 13th interleague homer. David Freese added two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who have five won of six to pull within a game of .500 (56-57).

Felipe Rivero worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save. Jim Adduci hit an RBI double for the Tigers and Mikie Mahtook had two of Detroit’s five hits. Boyd lasted just four-plus innings, losing for the first time since his recall from Triple-A Toledo at the All-Star break. Detroit has lost four straight games, its fifth skid of at least four games this season.