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Pirates' Kang Jung-ho homers after long drought

All Headlines 11:15 April 17, 2019

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- There's no slump buster in baseball quite like a home run.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Kang Jung-ho ended a long hitless slide with a home run against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit on Tuesday (local time).

Batting sixth and playing third base, the South Korean went 2-for-4 with a couple of RBIs for his first multi-hit game of the season. He raised his batting average from .105 to .143, while helping the Bucs to a 5-3 win.

Kang was mired in an 0-for-18 slump prior to the game. He broke the drought in his first at-bat in the top of the second with a single off starter Matthew Boyd.

Then in the fourth, with a man on first, Kang jumped on a first-pitch fastball by Boyd and drove it over left-center field for a two-run shot. It was his second home run of the season.

Kang struck out in his two other at-bats.

Kang's shot gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead. The Tigers got two runs back in the bottom fourth and tied things up in the bottom of the ninth, before Starling Marte put the Pirates ahead for good with a two-run homer in the top of the 10th.

In this Reuters photo via USA Today Sports, Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches his two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the top of the fourth inning in a Major League Baseball regular season game at Comerica Park in Detroit on April 16, 2019. (Yonhap)

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