Brewers 7, Tigers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Marquis Grissom drove in three runs and Cal Eldred pitched 5 2-3 effective innings as Milwaukee beat Detroit 7-3 on Friday night in the first interleague game between the former American League rivals.
The teams renewed a rivalry that lasted 29 years before the Brewers became the first team in modern baseball history to switch leagues.
Eldred (2-4) won his second straight start after opening the season with a club-record six consecutive no-decisions. He allowed seven hits.
Al Reyes gave up Bobby Higginson’s 10th home run in the seventh as Detroit pulled to 4-3, but Fernando Vina got the run back for Milwaukee with an RBI bunt single in the bottom of the inning.
Trailing 1-0, the Brewers scored four times with two out in the third off Frank Castillo (2-4). After Vina walked, Cirillo tripled in the first run. Following another walk, Grissom hit a two-run double and scored on Dave Nilsson’s RBI single.
In the eighth, Grissom added another RBI and Mark Loretta had a sacrifice fly to give reliever Bob Wickman a four-run cushion. Wickman pitched two innings for his third save.
Detroit’s Joe Oliver went 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of run-scoring hits against his former club.
Notes: Six of Castillo’s eight starts have been on the road. ... Detroit’s Brian Hunter made the first out in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings. ... Detroit’s Tim Worrell pitched two innings of hitless relief and struck out five. ... The Brewers struck out 11 times, a season-high for the Tigers. ... Jose Valentin’s double in the seventh was just the Milwaukee shortstop’s fourth hit in his last 19 at-bats.