The 24-year-old completed 5⅔ scoreless innings, allowing seven hits without a walk, to guide the Tigers to a 3-1 win in the second of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 30,738 fans at Comerica Park.
Brieske worked around two singles in the second inning, two singles in the third, one single in the fourth, one single in the fifth and one single in the sixth. He only had two strikeouts but limited hard contact.
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The Tigers (24-34) scored a run in the first, fourth and seventh innings, with Javier Báez — who signed a six-year, $140 million contract in December — guiding the offense with a single and three walks.
Báez is hitting .200 in 47 games this season.
He has nine walks in 191 plate appearances.
Victor Reyes, in his first game back from the injured list, finished 3-for-4 (three singles) with one strikeout. Eric Haase picked up a pair of extra-base hits, while Báez, Harold Castro and Willi Castro chipped in one hit apiece.
The Tigers’ offense posted eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
The second extra-base hit from Haase — batting out of the nine-hole — extended the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning off righty reliever David Phelps. Reyes followed Haase’s double with a single into right field to score him.
To secure the victory, the Tigers’ bullpen backed Brieske and the offense with 3⅓ innings, allowing only a run in the ninth inning.
For Brieske’s final out, left fielder Willi Castro…