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Jackson Chourio's 2-run double lifts Brewers to victory over Tigers

Brewers Tigers Baseball Javier Baez
Posted at 9:15 AM, Jun 09, 2024

DETROIT (AP) — Jackson Chourio hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Saturday.

Christian Yelich had two hits and drove in two runs, while Brice Turang reached base three times and scored twice.

Chourio, a 20-year-old rookie, has been in and out of the lineup and was batting at the bottom of the order. He produced his second key hit in less than a week. He hit a three-run homer against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

“His last month, he hasn't gotten to play every day but he's helped us win a bunch of times and today was no exception,” Brewers manager Pat Murphy said. “Huge hit at a huge time.”

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta labored through his shortest outing this season. Peralta allowed four runs, three earned, and walked five while throwing 94 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.

“It was for me a bad day in general,” Peralta said. “It's more important for me that the team won the game. Physically, I'm fine, so I know I'm going to flip the page quick.”

Jared Koenig (6-1) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Trevor Megill got the last three outs for his ninth save.

NL Central-leading Milwaukee has won the first two games of the three-game series and seven of 10 overall. The Brewers won 10-0 on Friday.

“Their lineup two days in a row has shown pretty good contact,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Detroit starter Casey Mize (1-4) was charged with five runs, three earned, in 5 1/3 innings. Riley Greene scored twice and Carson Kelly had two hits and an RBI in the Tigers' third consecutive loss.

Tigers second baseman Colt Keith departed in the third inning with left knee discomfort after colliding with right fielder Akil Baddoo on William Contreras' fly ball.

“The video showed they both called it,” said Hinch, who didn't have a further update on Keith's injury. “I thought it was Akil's ball all the way.”

Detroit grabbed a 4-1 lead with three runs in the second inning. Milwaukee scored twice in the third, then took the lead on Chourio's two-out double off Shelby Miller in the sixth.

Murphy has pinch-hit for Chourio in similar situations.

“Some of them are not good matchups and that one wasn't a great one either,” Murphy said. “But I said at this point in the sixth inning, I'm staying with him.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Brewers signed RHP Elieser Hernandez to a one-year contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers designated Hernandez for assignment last week and then outrighted him off their 40-man roster on Thursday. RHP James Meeker was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and LHP DL Hall was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Bryse Wilson (3-2, 3.35 ERA) will start the series finale on Sunday against Tigers ace LHP Tarik Skubal (7-1, 1.97).

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