Tonight in MLB: Pirates look to extend streak

Tonight in MLB: Pirates look to extend streak
June 29, 2013, 10:30 am

Behind 21 hits, the Phillies on Friday night handed the Dodgers their worst-ever home loss since moving to Los Angeles with a 16-1 rout.

Also, Mike Adams discussed why he chose to rehab his injured shoulder on Friday, while Carlos Zambrano went down with a shoulder ailment of his own.

Now, here's a look at some of Saturday's MLB action:

Brewers at Pirates, 7:15 p.m.
As the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to roll, the Milwaukee Brewers find themselves in another slide.

Alone atop the NL Central, the Pirates look to extend their longest winning streak in nine seasons to eight games while trying to hand the Brewers a fourth consecutive defeat Saturday night.

Pittsburgh (49-30) won six straight to conclude a 7-2 trip, then used a seven-run second inning to win 10-3 in Friday's opener to take a one-game division lead over St. Louis.

Owners of the best record in the majors, the Pirates have averaged 7.0 runs and clubbed 14 homers during the seven-game run - their longest since winning 10 straight from June 26-July 5, 2004 (see full preview).

Reds at Rangers, 7:15 p.m.
The Texas Rangers haven't allowed a run in their last 20 innings while the Cincinnati Reds haven't scored in their last 22.

The Rangers look for a ninth win in 10 games and struggling starter Nick Tepesch will try to extend the Reds' offensive woes in Saturday night's matchup in Arlington.

Texas starters are 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA over the last nine games. The Rangers (47-33) have a 2.01 ERA over their last six, winning five times despite scoring more than four runs just once.

Tepesch (3-6, 4.60 ERA) will seek to continue this scoreless run, which includes Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Yankees and a 4-0 win Friday in the opener of this three-game set. The rookie, however, is 0-3 with a 5.17 ERA in seven outings since beating Houston on May 12 (see full preview).

Tigers at Rays, 7:15 p.m.
Justin Verlander does not seem too concerned about how he's pitched over his last two starts for the Detroit Tigers.

Considering how he's fared against the Tampa Bay Rays of late, the right-hander might not have an easy time getting back on track.

Winless in three starts, Verlander looks to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Rays on Saturday night.

Verlander (8-5, 3.90 ERA) went 4-0 with a 3.82 ERA in five starts before he allowed nine runs, 14 hits with seven walks and nine strikeouts over 10 innings to go 0-1 in the last two. He gave up four runs in five innings of a 7-5 win over Boston on Sunday (see full preview).

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