MILWAUKEE (AP)—Rick Porcello finished another strong spring with a flourish.
But the Tigers blew a three-run lead in the ninth and Milwaukee's Corey Hart scored the winner on an ugly error with two outs in the Brewers' 13-12 victory over Detroit in Saturday's exhibition finale for both teams.
Milwaukee starts its season against the Rockies at Miller Park on Monday, while Detroit travels to Kansas City.
Porcello left after 4 1-3 scoreless innings with a 5-0 lead, but Milwaukee rallied for eight runs in the fifth and led 9-5 at one point. The Tigers hit five home runs, including Jeff Larish's go-ahead blast to lead off the ninth, and took a 12-9 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
But Milwaukee rallied for four runs with two outs, ending the game when pitcher Robbie Weinhardt misplayed a throw trying to cover first and was late with his relay to the plate as Hart slid home safely.