Detroit Tigers top Toronto, 3-1, as Beau Brieske stymies Blue Jays

For the first time in his MLB career, Detroit Tigers right-hander Beau Brieske walked off the mound with a zero on the scoreboard.

The 24-year-old completed 5⅔ scoreless innings, allowing seven hits without a walk, to guide the Tigers to a 3-1 win in the second of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 30,738 fans at Comerica Park.

“It feels like it’s been a long time coming,” said Brieske, who earned his first MLB win. “I feel like I continue to keep working and trusting my plan. I finally ended up on the right side of the win column. … It feels good.”

Brieske worked around two singles in the second inning, two singles in the third, one single in the fourth, one single in the fifth and one single in the sixth. He only had two strikeouts but limited hard contact.

“He spun the ball just well enough today,” manager A.J. Hinch. “I thought he saved his changeup a little bit until later in his outing, and he was effective with all his pitches. To get into the sixth with no runs against that lineup, credit to him.”

Beau Brieske (63) of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Comerica Park on June 11, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan.

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The Tigers (24-34) scored in the first, fourth and seventh innings, with Javier Báez — who signed a six-year, $140 million contract in December — guiding the offense with a single and three walks.

Báez is hitting .200 in 47 games this season.

He has nine walks in 191 plate appearances.

“I was a little bit more focused, just seeing the ball more deep into the (strike) zone,” Báez said. “I know I can get to any fastball. I was on the fastball today. I think I got it closer to me. I just got to make them throw strikes.”

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