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Detroit Tigers Finally Score Late to Beat Brewers 5-2

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May 20, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) hits a RBI triple in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Finally some good news for the Detroit Tigers Wednesday Night, as they won the interleague series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-2

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With Victor Martinez hitting the DL earlier this week, the last thing the Tigers could afford was another starter missing significant time. Luckily, Tigers Starter Shane Greene had no issues with the elbow that almost caused him to miss a start. He actually had his highest pitch count so far this season, 106, and was locating well. His only real trouble was a homerun by Ryan Braun in the fourth. His final numbers were 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s.

The Tigers scored their first run of the evening solely due to the play of Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes hit a ground rule double to start the second inning, and then stole third base. On the steal attempt, Brewers Catcher Martin Maldonado sailed his throw over the third baseman allowing Cespedes to score easily. Yoenis got on base all four plate appearances for the first time this season.

The fourth inning began promising. The Tigers had the bases loaded with nobody out, but were only able to drive in one run. Nick Castellanos beat out a double play ball for his fourteenth RBI of the year, and the Tigers problems with runners in scoring position continued.

But all cold streaks come to an end eventually, and nobody better to do it than Castellanos. He has been struggling at the plate all year in big spots, but came through huge in the bottom of the eighth. Again up with the bases loaded, however two outs this time, Castellanos smacked a bases clearing triple to right field off Closer Jonathan Broxton to put the Tigers up 5-2.

Reliever Blaine Hardy got credit for the win, making it his second so far this season, after pitching a scoreless eighth. Angel Nesbitt also made an appearance, giving up the hit which drove in a baserunner that Greene was responsible for.

Those three runs were more than enough for Tigers Closer Joakim Soria. He took eighteen pitches to retire the Brewers and remain perfect on save opportunities, raising his total to thirteen.

The Tigers continue their home stand tomorrow, as David Price (3-1, 3.40 ERA) faces off against Scott Feldman (3-4, 5.06 ERA) and the Houston Astros at 1:08PM.

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