5.19.15: Gomez returns from beaning to lead Brewers over Tigers 3-2
DETROIT (AP) — Back in the lineup a day after being beaned, Carlos Gomez led off the game with a home run and added a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Gomez was hit in the left earflap by a pitch from New York Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, but he played in the series opener at Detroit, and he began the game with a drive to left off Kyle Lobstein (3-4).
With the score tied at 2 and two outs in the seventh, Gomez singled up the middle to score Luis Sardinas from second.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) earned the win. Milwaukee’s Jonathan Broxton worked through a jam in the eighth, and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his eighth save in as many chances.
Meanwhile, Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before Detroit’s game against Milwaukee on Monday.
The right-hander says he’d likely need a simulated game and at least one rehab start before taking the mound in a game for the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus says Verlander will probably throw another bullpen before participating in any sort of simulated game.
Verlander has not pitched this season because of a strained right triceps.
Reliever Bruce Rondon, who hasn’t appeared in a game for the Tigers since 2013, threw 25 pitches Monday. He missed last season because of an elbow injury, and the right-hander has been dealing with tendinitis recently.