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Pirates win 7-5 to take 3 of 4 from Detroit

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Josh Bell and Sean Rodriguez homered and Gerrit Cole pitched eight strong innings as the Pirates won for the sixth time in their past eight games, beating Detroit 7-5.

DETROIT (AP) -- Rookie Josh Bell hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs Thursday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Gerrit Cole (10-8) allowed six hits and three earned runs in a season-high eight innings. He improved to 3-1 since the All-Star break and is 6-3 in his last 10 starts.

Felipe Rivero got two outs for his 11th save. Drew VerHagen (0-2) took the loss.

Sean Rodriguez hit a solo home run and RBI single for the Pirates.

Detroit scored twice in the ninth on a double by Victor Martinez and an RBI groundout by James McCann.

Adam Frazier tripled and scored on Bell's sacrifice fly in the first. The Tigers took the lead in the bottom half on a two-run triple by Nick Castellanos. Rodriguez tied it with a single in the second.

Bell hit a two-run homer in the third for a 4-2 lead. Mikie Mahtook had a solo homer in the bottom half.

Frazier's two-out, two-run double in the fourth finished VerHagen.

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Pittsburgh continues a run of seven straight games against AL competition, traveling to Toronto to face the Blue Jays with RHP Jameson Taillon (6-5) on the mound.

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