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DETROIT -- Alfredo Figaro didn't have a chance to get his family to Detroit for his major league debut on Saturday.
Luckily for him, one relative was already in town.
Figaro pitched five strong innings and his cousin, Detroit closer Fernando Rodney, finished the game as the Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5.
"My family was in the Dominican Republic -- Rodney was the only one in town," the 24-year-old Figaro said. "They must have been watching -- my phone is full of messages telling me that I looked good on TV."
Figaro, who was called up from Double-A to replace Dontrelle Willis in the rotation, allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out seven.
"I thought the kid showed a lot of poise," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He didn't go out there and just try to throw every pitch by the Brewers -- that's what you worry about with a young kid that throws hard. He tuned it up to 98 when he needed it against a real good hitting club."
Figaro wasn't overpowering, but was able to avoid the big hit that could have gotten him in trouble.
"We had some good swings today, but give that young guy credit -- he stranded eight runners in five innings," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. "He made some big pitches when he needed them."
Figaro's biggest mistake was a 1-1 change up that Ryan Braun hit over 400 feet into the left-field stands.
"When he hit that, I told myself 'Welcome to the big leagues,"' Figaro said. "That was my best change up, and he hit it a long way. I decided right away not to throw that guy any more change ups."
Dave Bush (3-4) took the loss, falling to 0-4 in his last six starts. He gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.
"Dave got knocked around again, and I felt with a full bullpen that three innings were enough," said Macha, who pulled Bush after only 51 pitches. "I'm hoping that a short outing will give him some rest and give him a chance to get straightened out."
Milwaukee went ahead 1-0 on Craig Counsell's second-inning RBI single, but the Tigers responded with three in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by Josh Anderson and an RBI triple by Gerald Laird.
Braun pulled the Brewers within a run with his leadoff homer in the third, but Cabrera's two-run shot made it 5-2 in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers added two more in the fifth on Polanco's third homer and Brandon Inge's sacrifice fly, and made it 9-2 with another pair of runs in the sixth.
"I was hoping that our bullpen could come in early and pitch like they've been doing all season, but that didn't happen," Macha said.
Milwaukee scored twice in the seventh and once in the eighth, but Detroit's bullpen held on.
Polanco left the game in the eighth with stiffness in his left leg -- he was hit by a pitch two innings earlier. Leyland said that he already been considering giving Polanco Sunday off, and that the injury meant he would definitely not play in the series finale with Milwaukee.
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|Craig Counsell, 2B||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.301|
|Casey McGehee, DH||5||0||1||0||0||3||4||.341|
|Ryan Braun, LF||5||2||4||2||0||0||1||.325|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.304|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.263|
|Mat Gamel, 3B||3||1||2||1||2||1||0||.253|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||1||2||6||.212|
|Jody Gerut, CF||4||0||0||1||0||0||4||.199|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.230|
|2B - Craig Counsell (9, Lyon)|
|3B - Mat Gamel (1, Figaro)|
|HR - Ryan Braun (15, Figaro)|
|RBI - Craig Counsell (13), Ryan Braun 2 (50), Mat Gamel (12), Jody Gerut (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (7)|
|SB - Ryan Braun (6, 3rd base off Perry/Laird), Corey Hart (5, 2nd base off Figaro/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Bush-Gamel, Kendall-Hardy|
|Dave Bush (L,3-4)||3||7||5||5||0||1||1||5.67|
|HBP - Polanco (by Mark DiFelice)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 51-31, Seth McClung 33-20, Mark DiFelice 12-9, Todd Coffey 17-10, Chris Smith 15-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 3-3, Seth McClung 2-3, Mark DiFelice 2-1, Chris Smith 1-5|
|Batters Faced - Dave Bush 14, Seth McClung 11, Mark DiFelice 4, Todd Coffey 4, Chris Smith 7|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||3||3||2||1||0||0||0||.263|
|a- Ramon Santiago, PH-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||5||3||3||2||0||0||1||.331|
|Marcus Thames, DH||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.322|
|Don Kelly, LF||4||1||3||1||0||1||1||.400|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||4||.269|
|Josh Anderson, RF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.269|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.222|
|Adam Everett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.253|
|a-singled for Polanco in the 8th|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera (13, McClung), Don Kelly (2, Bush)|
|3B - Gerald Laird (2, Bush)|
|HR - Placido Polanco (3, McClung), Miguel Cabrera (14, Bush)|
|SF - Brandon Inge (1)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (26), Miguel Cabrera 2 (44), Marcus Thames (12), Don Kelly (3), Brandon Inge (44), Josh Anderson 2 (12), Gerald Laird (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames (5), Don Kelly (3)|
|CS - Marcus Thames (1, 2nd base by Bush/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cabrera-Everett-Lyon|
|Alfredo Figaro (W,1-0)||5||8||2||2||2||7||1||3.60|
|WP - Ryan Perry (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Figaro 96-63, Nate Robertson 12-5, Ryan Perry 17-7, Brandon Lyon 25-13, Fernando Rodney 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Figaro 2-6, Brandon Lyon 4-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Alfredo Figaro 25, Nate Robertson 3, Ryan Perry 4, Brandon Lyon 8, Fernando Rodney 3|
|Attendance - 39156|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals|