DETROIT — Damion Easley saved the hardest part of hitting for the cycle for last.
After hitting a run-scoring double in the third inning, a three-run home run in Detroit's six-run fifth and a single in the sixth, Easley lined a triple down the right-field line in the eighth inning as the Tigers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-4, Friday night.
Easley, who came into the game batting .266 with two triples in 199 at-bats, became the ninth Detroit player to hit for the cycle. The last Tiger was Travis Fryman on July 28, 1993. That was also the last year the team had a winning record.
"I was close one other time was in 1997 in Cleveland," Easley said. "All I needed was a single and they walked me in my last at-bat. "I was very fortunate to put that ball in play, and put it in play in the right spot. I knew I needed a triple in my last at-bat, very honestly. But this is a park for triples. If you get it past an outfielder, you get a triple."