DETROIT — One inning proved costly to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (3-5) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, including consecutive homers to Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez in the Brewers' six-run third inning and Milwaukee went on to an 8-1 win over Detroit.
"I feel early on my fastball was really good. Location-wise, good too. I don't know what happened," Sanchez said. "I know they put really good swings on a couple of them. Unfortunately it was three straight really bad pitches."
The Brewers trailed 1-0 entering their big inning.
After Carlos Gomez knocked in the inning's first run with a two-out bunt single, Braun hit a three-run homer and Lind and Ramirez followed with solo shots. It was Braun's ninth home run, Lind's seventh and Ramirez's fifth.
"I think when he got out of the stretch the ball started creeping up in the zone," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Sanchez. "He just had trouble getting it down and they took advantage of it."
Sanchez has allowed nine home runs in 54 2/3 innings this season after surrendering only four in 126 innings in 2014.
"It's been clearly something that is uncharacteristic for Sanchie. Long ball wasn't an issue last year, but this year it's been a little bit of a different story now," Ausmus said. "We've also seen some outstanding starts by Sanchie, but when he doesn't have his command down in the zone, his off-speed pitches especially, that's when they hit him. "
Braun drove in four runs and Gomez had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won the first two games of the three-game series.
But the Tigers couldn't do much with Jimmy Nelson, who pitched eight strong innings. Nelson (2-4) gave up a run and three hits, walked four and struck out five.
He retired 11 straight batters from the fifth inning until there were two out in the eighth, when Miguel Cabrera grounded a single to right.
"It was good. Especially the last half of the game. Early, I really struggled with the command of my four seam fastball and curve. I started throwing my two-seam fastball," Nelson said. "As the game went on, I started to settle in and command my pitches and that made the difference."
Gomez's two-out, run-scoring double in the fourth made it 7-1 and sent Sanchez to the showers.
Braun also doubled in a run in the ninth.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first on J.D. Martinez's two-out RBI single. It scored Ian Kinsler, who walked, stole second and continued to third on catcher Martin Maldonado's throwing error.
AUSMUS GETS HEAVE HO
Ausmus was ejected from the game with two out in the bottom of the fifth by home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Kinsler had been called out on strikes.
Tigers: DH Victor Martinez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He was struggling in his return from offseason knee surgery. "We had a plan back in April. It hasn't worked out," Ausmus said. "He had a cortisone shot last Thursday and we gave him three days off. He played yesterday. At this point we felt other steps were necessary. It wasn't working . There's a weakness created by the surgery. It's created an issue in another part of the knee." Martinez, 36, is hitting .216 with only one home run in 2015. The switch-hitter is 12 for 26 against left-handers and 12 for 85 against righties.
Brewers: RHP Kyle Lohse (3-4, 5.85) is 7-6 with a 5.66 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) against Detroit in his career. He hasn't faced the Tigers since June 21, 2012, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tigers: RHP Shane Greene (4-2, 4.21) will try to help Detroit avoid a sweep in the series finale.