- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched only one inning of the Detroit Tigers’ 11-6 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Despite the short outing, Verlander (10-11) took the loss after giving up five runs - four earned - four hits and two walks.

“Just didn’t feel great,” the ace right-hander said. “Disappointing on a night that the team really needed me.”

Verlander threw 40 pitches and bunted in the second inning before he was removed. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Detroit on Tuesday.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous,” Verlander said. “I’ve never been through this before.”

Verlander said there wasn’t any sharp pain in his shoulder, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus took him out as a precautionary measure.

“The ball wasn’t really coming out of his hand,” Ausmus said. “So after watching him finish the inning I decided I didn’t want to risk him getting seriously injured.”

Ausmus was concerned about Verlander right from the beginning.

“I was actually immediately worried from the start of the game,” Ausmus said. “Quite frankly, looking back, I almost wish I would have taken him out when I went out with (trainer) Kevin Rand.”

After Verlander gave up an early lead, Travis Snider hit two home runs, and Starling Marte drove in three runs as the Pirates coasted to the victory.

The loss, coupled with Kansas City’s 3-2 win over Oakland, dropped the Tigers a half-game behind the now first-place Royals in the AL Central Division.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Verlander with one out in the first, and Marte cleared them with a triple down the left field line. Snider drove Marte home when his grounder to first took an odd hop, and Victor Martinez couldn’t glove it.

“I was very pleased with the way we were able to respond when they scratched a run for us in the first,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “We answered.”

Snider knocked in two more in the eighth inning off Phil Coke with his eighth homer, a two-run opposite-field shot after the Pirates scored a run on Russell Martin’s sacrifice fly.

Martin hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, and Ike Davis followed with his eighth.

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