DETROIT (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple with two out in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat. With two out, nobody on and the score tied at 2, Jonathan Broxton (1-1) allowed consecutive singles by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes and a walk to Tyler Collins.
Castellanos’ line drive down the line dropped in, then skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra to clear the bases.
Blaine Hardy (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced for the win, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13 chances.
Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers.
Cespedes had three hits and a walk. He led off the second with a double, then stole third and scored when catcher Martin Maldonado threw wildly to third for an error.
Braun tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 10th home run of the season. He’s hit nine in his past 21 games, and that solo shot gave Braun 790 RBIs for the Brewers, pulling him even with Paul Molitor for third on the team’s career list.
Martinez led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Cespedes and Collins followed with singles, and Martinez scored on a groundball by Castellanos.
The Brewers tied it in the seventh on Elian Herrera’s RBI double, but with one out, Luis Sardinas was held up at third on the play. Maldonado followed with a lineout to the shortstop, and Sardinas, who had started for home, was easily doubled off.
Detroit’s Shane Greene allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Brewers: Carlos Gomez, who was hit in the head by a pitch Sunday, took one off the right arm Wednesday. There was a delay while Gomez was checked, but he remained in the game.
Tigers: Reliever Bruce Rondon (bicipital tendinitis) begins a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers host AL West-leading Houston on Thursday. David Price (3-1) takes the mound for Detroit against Scott Feldman (3-4) of the Astros.
Milwaukee plays at Atlanta on Thursday night. Matt Garza (2-5) of the Brewers faces Julio Teheran (3-1) of the Braves.