Brewers bounce back against Tigers
8-5 win caps 6-4 homestand
Eric Sogard’s sacrifice fly off Joe Jimenez (1-2) scored Justin Smoak with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Brewers responded after falling behind 4-0. Peterson provided insurance with a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the eighth.
Milwaukee matched its biggest comeback in a victory this season. The Brewers trailed 5-1 in a 6-5 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 27.
The Tigers’ control problems led to the end of their winning streak since the summer of 2016, when they reeled off eight straight victories. The Tigers issued a season-high 10 walks and also hit two batters.
Eric Yardley (2-0), Devin Williams and Josh Hader combined to pitch four innings of no-hit relief after Brewers starter Adrian Houser gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings. Hader, who hasn’t allowed a hit in 11 2/3 innings this season, earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead during a first-inning outburst that featured two infield singles and a bases-loaded, ground-rule double from Jorge Bonifacio. It was just the second extra-base hit all year for Bonifacio, who entered the night hitting .190 (4 of 21).
Detroit made it 4-0 on Christin Stewart’s RBI single in the third.
Then the Brewers rallied against Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull, who allowed five walks and five runs in five innings.
The Brewers trailed 5-3 in the fifth when they loaded the bases on walks from Yelich, Smoak and Avisail Garcia. They tied the game on a two-run single from Omar Narvaez, whose broken-bat blooper barely eluded second baseman Jonathan Schoop and landed in shallow right.
HELPING HIS HOMETOWN
Peterson said he was fortunate that his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, only sustained “some roof damage and a little bit of water damage in the ceiling of the kitchen” from Hurricane Laura last week.
Peterson and his wife have teamed up with Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wade LeBlanc and LeBlanc’s wife to raise money for Lake Charles and surrounding areas through a GoFundMe account. LeBlanc also is from Lake Charles.
“The amount of trees and power lines that are down is indescribable,” Peterson said before the game. “My brother said it looks like a war zone. Driving somewhere that might normally take 10 minutes now takes an hour. It’s just a lot of devastation.”
The Tigers recalled outfielder Derek Hill from their alternate training site in Toledo, Ohio, as they put outfielder JaCoby Jones on the injured list. Jones fractured his left hand Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch from Brewers reliever Phil Bickford. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says Jones is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Both teams are off Thursday. The Tigers open a five-game series at Minnesota with a doubleheader Friday. The Brewers continue a stretch of seven straight interleague contests by opening a three-game set at Cleveland on Friday.
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