Four batters and three runs later, he left the mound after a mystifying turn of events.
"I got two quick outs and then I didn't get myself out of the inning," Broxton said. "That's always frustrating, especially when I thought I was making good pitches. I have to be able to end that inning."
Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple off Broxton with two out in the eighth to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat.
Castellanos' line drive down the line dropped in, then skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra to clear the bases.
"That whole inning was just good hitting by the Tigers," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Brox got (Ian) Kinsler and Cabrera, and then Martinez gets the single, Cespedes just flicks his bat at a good slider, and then we tried to get the kid, Collins, to expand the zone and he wouldn't do it. Then Castellanos comes up and has a really good at-bat."
Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers.
Cespedes had three hits and a walk. He led off the second with a double, then stole third and scored when catcher Martin Maldonado threw wildly to third for an error.
Braun tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 10th home run of the season. He's hit nine in his past 21 games, and that solo shot gave Braun 790 RBIs for the Brewers, pulling him even with Paul Molitor for third on the team's career list.
Martinez led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Cespedes and Collins followed with singles, and Martinez scored on a groundball by Castellanos.
The Brewers tied it in the seventh on Elian Herrera's RBI double, but with one out, Luis Sardinas was held up at third on the play. Maldonado followed with a lineout to the shortstop, and Sardinas, who had started for home, was easily doubled off.
"That's just bad luck," Counsell said. "Sardy is going on contact, and Maldy hit the ball hard. That's what you want with a drawn-in infield, but he hits it right at someone."
Detroit's Shane Greene allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Milwaukee's Kyle Lohse gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.
"The longer you play in a stadium, the more used to the netting you get," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, himself a former catcher. "He certainly hasn't played at Comerica (Park) very much. Every out seems to be big for us right now, so it was a big play."
Brewers: Gomez, who was hit in the head by a pitch Sunday, took one off the right arm Wednesday. There was a delay while Gomez was checked, but he remained in the game.
Tigers: Reliever Bruce Rondon (bicipital tendinitis) begins a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Toledo.