CINCINNATI (AP) — Pinch-hitter Wenceel Pérez hit a two-run homer and Mark Canha doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers locked up their first series win in two weeks, rallying to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Saturday.

The Tigers won the first game Friday night by the same score. They won their first series since taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox June 21-23.

The Reds were cruising along with a 2-0 lead behind starter Hunter Greene, who left after pitching seven shutout innings and not allowing a runner past first base.

The trouble for Cincinnati came in the eighth against Fernando Cruz (3-6), who allowed a double to Parker Meadows and then the game-tying blow by Pérez.

The Tigers put two more across in the inning on a groundout and a double by Carson Kelly.

Tiger manager A.J. Hinche went with a bullpen day when Jack Flaherty wasn’t able to go because of back pain. Shelby MIller (5-6) got the Reds out in the eighth to get the win.

In the ninth, Spencer Steer hit a solo homer off Shelby Miller and a two-out base hit by Noelvi Marte put the tying run on, but Shelby Miller struck out pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal to get his first save.

Greene pitched another good one, to no avail. He allowed just three hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Tyler Stephenson got the Reds on the board with a two-run double in the fifth inning.


Tigers: RHP Jack Flaherty is recovering from back pain. He could be ready for his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Reds: INF Matt McLain (shoulder) is close to resuming baseball activities, manager David Bell said. He could rejoin the team after the All-Star break.


The Tigers send lefty Tarik Skubal (9-3, 2.45 ERA) to the mound to face Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft (5-4, 5.45) Sunday in the finale of the interleague series.