Detroit Tigers stymie Milwaukee Brewers' hitters for 2nd straight day Wednesday, 4-1

The Tigers’ Robbie Grossman, right, slides safely into home plate to score as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez waits for the throw in the fourth inning in Detroit on Wednesday. (AP photo)


Associated Press

DETROIT — Dustin Garneau homered and drove in two runs, rookie Matt Manning combined with the bullpen on a three-hitter and the Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.

Milwaukee’s magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at five after they dropped a pair to the Tigers following a five-game winning streak.

The Brewers were limited to seven hits in the series, and Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double in the second inning was the only extra-base hit.

“We didn’t spin the bats well in these two games in Detroit,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I can’t put my finger on it, we just didn’t perform well offensively.”

Garneau knocked in the go-ahead run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. He lofted his fourth homer with two out in the seventh.

Derek Hill, who drove in the lone run in Detroit’s victory Tuesday, supplied an RBI triple. Miguel Cabrera added a run-scoring double.

Manning (4-6) gave up a run on two hits and struck out a career-high six over six innings in his 15th start. He collected his first victory since Aug. 12 while the Tigers notched their fifth win in six games.

“We’ve played a pretty good brand of baseball for awhile,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ll have a mishap here or there. … We obviously played pretty well this week and answered some challenges against a really good pitching staff, a couple of games where we had to scratch and claw to get our runs.”

Manning got out of a bases-loaded jam after giving up the run in the second, then allowed only one more baserunner.