Tigers’ Beau Brieske dazzles for first win; Victor Reyes returns with a bang

Detroit — Tigers rookie starter Beau Brieske held a 4.93 ERA and 0-5 record through the first eight starts of his major-league career, not exactly the warmest welcome into major league baseball.

But the young right-hander might just have turned a corner Saturday afternoon, tossing 5⅔ scoreless innings as the Tigers beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, before a crowd of 30,738 — the third-largest at Comerica Park this season behind Opening Day (43,480) and Miguel Cabrera’s 3,000th-hit game (37,566).

“(Brieske) pitched extremely well today against a really, really hard lineup,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We played some good defense behind him, as well.

“Beau did a tremendous job today and I’m happy he got that first win.”

Tigers starting pitcher Beau Brieske throws during the first inning.

The crowd was bulked up by a large contingent of Blue Jays fans, who were loud early but quieter as the day went along, with Brieske piling up zeroes. He worked around seven hits but didn’t walk anybody, and left to a nice ovation in the sixth inning.

The Blue Jays did get ahold of a few of Brieske’s pitches, hitting a couple of shots to the warning track that had Tigers fans holding their breath, but none were able to quite make it to the outfield seats.

BOX SCORE: Tigers 3, Blue Jays 1

He worked around a jam in the third, which started on an error by shortstop Javy Báez. After an out, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled to left but left fielder Willie Castro threw out Teoscar Hernandez trying to go first to third.

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