DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Turnbull allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
It wasn’t all good news for the Tigers, however. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who leads Detroit with eight home runs, left with a right wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fourth.
Turnbull (4-2) struck out three and walked three for the Tigers, who pulled within one game of the New York Yankees for the final postseason spot in the American League. Jeimer Candelario homered and drove in four runs.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was back after missing two games with a stomach illness.
Willi Castro opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth. Then Detroit sent 10 batters to the plate the following inning. Victor Reyes hit an RBI single, and Candelario and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run singles.
Candelario added a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-0.
Jedd Gyorko, Avisail Garcia and Omar Narvaez hit RBI singles for the Brewers in the ninth. Milwaukee actually had the tying run on deck when Ben Gamel hit a foul popup with the bases loaded to end it.
Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser (1-4) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. Houser also allowed five runs in a start against Detroit last week.
The Brewers have lost three straight. They had a chance to take the lead when they put men on first and second with nobody out in the third, but Gamel bounced into an unusual 1-5-3 double play — the first of three straight innings Milwaukee hit into a double play against Turnbull.
Brewers: Milwaukee activated RHP Corey Knebel (left hamstring) from the injured list and optioned INF/OF Mark Mathias to the alternate training site. Knebel pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Tigers: Gardenhire said UT Harold Castro (left hamstring) has been running the bases but has actually experienced tightness in his other hamstring.
Corbin Burnes (2-0) starts for Milwaukee on Wednesday in the second and final game of this series. Matthew Boyd (1-5) takes the mound for the Tigers.