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Eric Haase powers Detroit Tigers to 3-2 win over San Francisco Giants for series split

Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning June 29, 2022 against the Giants at Oracle Park.

With one swing, Eric Haase put the Detroit Tigers on top.

Manager A.J. Hinch has vowed to give Haase more playing time, even with two-time Gold Glove winner Tucker Barnhart on the roster, and the decision seems to be paying dividends.

At least it did Wednesday, when Haase lined a second-pitch slider over the wall in left-center field for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. His fifth home run of the season snapped a 1-1 tie, leading to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in the finale of the two-game series at Oracle Park.

Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning June 29, 2022 against the Giants at Oracle Park.

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The Tigers (29-45) finished their eight-game road trip with a 3-5 record. In Haase’s past nine games (seven starts), the 29-year-old is batting .323 (10-for-31) with three home runs, nine RBIs, one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Rookie outfielder Riley Greene, hitting .286 in 10 games since his promotion on June 18, finished 1-for-4 with a single in the fourth inning. He produced two of the three hardest-hit balls of Wednesday’s game: a 109.7 mph lineout in the eighth and a 106.5 mph groundout in the sixth.

After Haase created a two-run margin, Detroit’s bullpen fended off the Giants across the final four innings. Left-hander Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but right-hander Alex Lange created a mess in the seventh.

Lange allowed three of the first four batters he faced to reach safely: Tommy La Stella (single), Wilmer Flores (walk) and LaMonte Wade Jr. (single), who loaded the bases with one out.

Mike Yastrzemski nearly grounded into an inning-ending double play, but he beat the throw for an RBI forceout.

Right-hander Michael Fulmer replaced Lange, who threw 19 pitches. He walked Evan Longoria on four…

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