Garneau and Tigers complete 2-game sweep of contending Brewers

Dustin Garneau homed and produced two runs, rookie Matt Manning combined with the bullpen on a hit and the Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 to complete a two-game sweep.

DETROIT – Dustin Garneau homed and produced two runs, rookie Matt Manning combined with the relieving box on three hits and the Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Wednesday to complete a sweep of two games.

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

Garneau hit the green light in the fifth with a sacrifice ball. He made his fourth homerun with two strikeouts in the seventh.

Derek Hill, who produced the lone run in Detroit’s 1-0 11-innings win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, provided a triple RBI. Miguel Cabrera added a brace.

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

Michael Fulmer has recorded four strikeouts in the last two innings while registering his ninth save.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff (9-9) allowed three runs on four hits and struck out seven strikes in six innings. Lorenzo Cain hit in the Milwaukee race with a brace in the second inning.

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The Tigers recorded their 70th win of the season. They haven’t hit that total since finishing 86-75 in 2016.

FOLLOWING

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (9-6, 3.25) opens game one of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, which will also kick off a 10-game homestand. Houser did not allow an earned run in his two starts in September, spanning 15 innings.

Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (2-2, 4.09 ERA) will start game one of a four-game series at Tampa Bay. Alexander faced the Rays in his last start on Friday, allowing one run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

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