Correia allowed a two-run homer two batters into the game before settling in to pitch six effective innings. Verlander was better, tossing a five-hitter in the Detroit Tigers’ 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Quintin Berry’s first-inning home run against Correia was his first in 96 career big league at-bats. Austin Jackson singled ahead of Berry.
“I pitched pretty good after,” Correia said, “but it’s tough to spot a guy like Verlander two runs. I knew after that that’s all I could give up if I was going to keep us in the game.”
Correia retiring 12 of the next 15 and didn’t allow another runner to advance past second. He gave up six hits and a walk, and struck out four.
“I was geared up to hit the fastball, but he hung a changeup and I was able to recognize it, stay through it and get the good part of the bat on it,” Jones said.
The tie lasted only a half-inning. Berry walked with one out and stole second. Chris Resop (0-3) intentionally walked Prince Fielder to face Delmon Young, who was 1 for 9 in the series before a single in his previous at-bat. He then singled to right to score Berry.
Verlander retired all six batters he faced to close out the game after the Tigers retook the lead. Verlander struck out three in the final two innings and finished with seven overall.