Brewers eye rare sweep of Tigers

( - Milwaukee secured its first series win over the Detroit Tigers since 2007. Now, they'll try to lock down their first sweep of the Tigers in nearly 18 years on Wednesday when the two teams close out their set from Comerica Park.

Milwaukee used the longball to win Tuesday's contest, as Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit three consecutive homers to highlight a six-run top of the third inning in the Brewers' 8-1 triumph.

"That's fun to see," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the blasts.

Braun had two hits and drove in four, while Jimmy Nelson (2-4) allowed a run on three hits and four walks over eight strong innings for the Brewers, who have won the first two games of this series on the heels of a 1-4 stretch.

With another win on Wednesday, the Brewers will record their first three-game sweep over the Tigers since July 25-27, 1997, in their final season before moving to the NL.

Braun and Ramirez were part of the last trio that went back-to-back-to-back for Milwaukee when the two of them and Corey Hart circled the bases in three straight Brewers at-bats on Aug. 27, 2012.

Anibal Sanchez (3-5) surrendered seven runs on seven hits and two walks over 3 2/3 frames for Detroit, which has dropped three straight.

"He just had trouble getting it down and they took advantage of it," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

Heading to the hill for the Brewers on Wednesday will be righty Kyle Lohse, who is coming off his best showing of the season. Lohse was terrific in a win over the New York Mets on Friday, scattering two hits over eight scoreless innings to improve to 3-4, while lowering his ERA to 5.85.

"That was a lot more like it," Lohse said. "It's been so frustrating the last couple starts, feeling like I was so close to going out there and doing something similar to that, save for a couple big mistakes. ... It felt good to kind of get back to a little more normal start for myself."

Lohse is 7-6 versus the Tigers with a 5.66 ERA in 21 games (20 starts).

Detroit, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on righty Shane Greene, who is also coming off an impressive showing. Greene held the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless over five innings on Friday and ran his record to 4-2 to go along with a 4.21 ERA.

He left that start with inflammation of the ulnar nerve in his right arm, but did fan eight before exiting.

"I'm a little scared, but like I said, there's no pain," said Greene, who has already undergone Tommy John surgery. "I've got to keep telling myself there's no pain, everything's going to be all right."

This is the first series between these teams since the Tigers swept a three- game set back in 2009.