Broussard was mired in a 3-for-34 slump this month before sparking a game-winning three-run rally with an eighth-inning double in Wednesday’s 5-3 victory over the Tigers. The 27-year-old first baseman, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh, pulled the first pitch from Esteban Yan just inside the first-base bag with two outs to put Cleveland ahead 4-3.
“I just tried to clear my mind and go up there with a purpose,” said Broussard. “Thoughts shoot through your head, so the best thing to do is take a deep breath.”
The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 1-1 on their six-game homestand.
“It says a lot about a young guy who gets so many big hits,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Broussard. “He probably has more big hits for us than anybody.”
Broussard has eight homers and 26 RBIs—his most against any opponent—in 32 games against the Tigers. The RBI on Wednesday was his first since he knocked in two against Seattle on Sept. 8. He has no homers and three RBIs this month.
With closer Ugueth Urbina still in Venezuela, where his mother was kidnapped, Yan came on in the eighth and blew his eighth save in 11 chances for Detroit, which has lost five of six.