Offensively challenged Detroit Tigers go to long ball in Tuesday 10-7 win at Milwaukee
By TOM KERTSCHER
MILWAUKEE — Eric Haase and Jonathan Schoop each hit two home runs, Miguel Cabrera had three RBI and the previously light-hitting Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-7 on Tuesday night, ending Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak.
Milwaukee’s Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor also hit two homers apiece in a game that saw nine home runs.
Detroit batters, who entered Tuesday with the fewest runs in the AL, scored six times in the second inning off left-hander Eric Lauer (1-2).
Haase led off the second with a home run on an 0-2 pitch that tied the game at 1. After Jeimer Canedelario came to bat with two outs and two runners on base, he worked the count to 3-1 and something seemed to bother Lauer physically. Manager Craig Counsell and a trainer visited the mound and had Lauer throw a practice pitch. Then Lauer walked Candelario to load the bases.
After pitching coach Chris Hook visited the mound, Cabrera, who was 0 for 18 entering the game, hit a three-run double to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Schoop followed with a home run to push the lead to 6-1.
Haase also led off the third inning with a home run off Lauer, who was pulled after the next batter after giving up seven runs.
Lauer said he felt back stiffness. The performance by Lauer, who held the Padres to one run in six innings in his previous start, might have reminded Tigers starter Matthew Boyd of his only prior appearance against Milwaukee. In that 19-0 loss on Sept. 9, the Tigers’ left-hander allowed seven runs in two-plus innings.
On Tuesday, Boyd, who lost his three previous starts and hadn’t won a game since April 13, gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Boyd gave up the most home runs in the AL in 2019 and 2020, and four of the runs he surrendered Tuesday were on homers.
Two were by Wong and one was by Taylor, who was recalled Tuesday. Taylor also hit a 430-foot homer off Tyler Alexander. Luis Urias also homered.