"I said, 'Sorry we didn't do it sooner,"' Inge said. "He definitely didn't deserve that loss."
Bonderman (7-4) struck out 12 over seven innings to give the Tigers their fifth straight win. He was in line to take the loss after giving up a solo home run to Prince Fielder in the seventh that gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
But the Brewers gave up three runs in the eighth sparked by two bunt singles and two errant throws.
Reliever Matt Wise (4-4) fielded a soft bunt down the first-base line from Inge and threw the ball into right field as Inge advanced to second.
"That was ridiculous, I have no idea why I threw that ball," Wise said. "Me giving up runs like that makes me want to puke."
Then pinch-hitter Alexis Gomez bunted to third baseman Corey Koskie, whose low throw bounced away from Fielder at first. Inge broke for home and slid in to beat Fielder's throw and tie it at one.
"In a close game like that, I'd rather die with my boots on than just play it safety first," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
With one out, Wise walked Placido Polanco and was pulled for Jose Capellan, who struck out Ivan Rodriguez, but gave up Ordonez's double.
"I was looking for a good pitch to hit, and fortunately he threw me a fastball on the outside corner," Ordonez said.
The Brewers didn't have a baserunner after that and Todd Jones recorded his 19th save in 22 chances.
Bonderman allowed four hits and walked three. His fastball touched 95 mph and he mixed in a sharp slider in the mid-80s while striking out six straight at one point, one shy of the club record, beginning with Fielder and Bill Hall to end the fourth.
In the fifth inning, he struck out the side on 13 pitches. Bonderman fanned pitcher Doug Davis to begin the sixth and struck out Carlos Lee to end the inning on a 93 mph fastball.
But he began to come apart after Fielder's homer and loaded the bases with two outs. Shortstop Carlos Guillen settled him and Bonderman retired Rickie Weeks on a grounder to end the threat.
"He just came up and gave me that little pat on the back," Bonderman said. "Sometimes that's what you need."
Bonderman's 12 strikeouts tied his season high, set against Tampa Bay in his previous start. He became the first Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich to strike out 12 or more batters in consecutive games.
Davis struck out nine over seven innings and allowed three hits for Milwaukee.
"Yesterday we hit eight home runs, tonight we probably won with a couple of bunts," Leyland said. "That's a nice combination."
|Ivan Rodriguez, left, and Todd Jones celebrate the Tigers' win over the Brewers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.287|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.290|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.298|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.303|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.291|
|Marcus Thames, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.303|
|Jamie Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joel Zumaya, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Omar Infante, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Todd Jones, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.281|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.229|
|Jeremy Bonderman, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|b- Alexis Gomez, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.254|
|a-struck out for Zumaya in the 9th|
|b-hit a bunt single for Bonderman in the 8th|
|2B - Magglio Ordonez (14, Capellan)|
|RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (22)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Jeremy Bonderman (W,7-4)||7||4||1||1||3||12||1||3.82|
|Jamie Walker (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.90|
|Joel Zumaya (H,17)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.29|
|Todd Jones (S,19)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.75|
|IBB - Clark by Jeremy Bonderman|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 100-69, Jamie Walker 3-2, Joel Zumaya 10-7, Todd Jones 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 5-4, Todd Jones 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 28, Jamie Walker 1, Joel Zumaya 2, Todd Jones 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.291|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.267|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.275|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.296|
|Bill Hall, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.262|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.262|
|Brady Clark, CF||2||0||0||0||1||2||2||.280|
|Doug Davis, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.065|
|a- Gabe Gross, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.229|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Capellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Davis in the 7th|
|2B - Geoff Jenkins (16, Bonderman)|
|HR - Prince Fielder (14, Bonderman)|
|RBI - Prince Fielder (40)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder|
|E - Corey Koskie (5, Wild throw), Matt Wise (1, Wild throw)|
|Matt Wise (BS,4; L,4-4)||0.1||2||3||3||1||0||0||4.68|
|HBP - Shelton (by Doug Davis)|
|WP - Doug Davis (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 58-37, Matt Wise 9-4, Jose Capellan 32-20, Brian Shouse 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 7-4, Brian Shouse 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 25, Matt Wise 4, Jose Capellan 6, Brian Shouse 1|
|Attendance - 29623|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Gerry Davis|