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Home runs sink Ryan, Tigers in 5-2 loss to Reds

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DETROIT – Kyle Ryan allowed just five hits over 6 1/3 innings in his second start of the season on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, three of them were home runs.

Todd Frazier hit two solo shots and Jay Bruce hit another to lift the Reds over the Tigers, 5-2, at Comerica Park. Mike Lorenzen, who allowed just one earned run over six innings, picked up his second win.

The Tigers got out to an early lead when Miguel Cabrera singled to right field against an over-shifted infield to score Anthony Gose in the bottom of the 1st.

Detroit's only other run came in the 5th inning, when Yoenis Cespedes hit a liner off of Lorenzen's led that scored James McCann. Gose tried to score from 2nd base on the play, as the ball ricocheted into foul ground, but he was thrown out at the plate.

Cincinnati got back-to-back homers from Frazier and Bruce in the 5th. Frazier's second blast, to center field, led off the 7th.

The Reds added insurance runs in the 7th and 9th to hand fireballing closer Aroldia Chapman a three-run lead in the bottom of the 9th.

Chapman slammed the door to end the Tigers' modest two-game winning streak.

The teams will now head to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for the final two games of this home-and-home series.