MILWAUKEE (AP) — Victor Caratini and rookie Joey Wiemer homered to back Freddy Peralta, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday to avoid a series sweep and stop a three-game losing streak.
Detroit shortstop Javier Báez, who entered with a 10-game hitting streak, left in the first inning after being struck on the left hand by a 93 mph Peralta pitch. The Tigers said Báez’s hand was bruised and X-rays were negative.
Peralta (3-2) allowed a pair of unearned runs and four hits over six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He rebounded from a pair of poor outings in which he gave up nine earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. Bryse Wilson, Hoby Milner, Peter Strzelecki and Devin Williams finished a six-hitter.
Michael Lorenzen (0-1), making his third start, gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.
Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the first when Christian Yelich was hit by a pitch, Jesse Winker walked, Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI double and Brian Anderson added a two-run single. Caratini added a two-run homer in the third for a 5-0 lead.
After Anderson misplayed Nick Maton’s fly to right for an error in the fourth, Detroit scored a pair of unearned runs on the first of Akil Baddoo’s two doubles and Jake Rogers’ run-scoring single.
Wiemer homered against Tyler Holton in the eighth.
Milwaukee recalled RHP Tyson Miller from Nashville and optioned LHP Alex Claudio to the Triple-A affiliate.
Brewers: RHP Gus Varland is to begin a rehab assignment Thursday night with Class A Wisconsin vs. Beloit. Varland has been on the 15-day IL since April 16 with a bruised right hand. … OF Tyrone Taylor (right elbow sprain) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday night and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, including a run-scoring triple, against Omaha.
Tigers: LHP Joey Wentz (0-3, 7.56 ERA) gets the start in the opener as Detroit hosts Baltimore for a four-game series. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-0, 3.60) will pitch for the Orioles.
Brewers: Milwaukee hosts the Anaheim Angels for a three-game series starting Friday night. LHP Wade Miley (3-1, 1.96) will start the first game for Milwaukee. Miley is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts against the Angels.