Detroit's Jack Morris pitched a five-hitter in Milwaukee and Kirk Gibson provided the run.
Morris (3-2) walked two -- one of them intentionally -- and struck out nine. Ray Burris (1-3) took the loss, leaving the game with two out and nobody on in the fifth with a strained right muscle in his chest. Bob McClure pitched four innings of shutout relief.
The Tigers scored in the first inning. With two out, Gibson tripled to right center and scored when second baseman Jim Gantner threw wildly to third.
The Brewers had their best chances to score in the third and fourth. In the third, two-out singles by Rick Manning and Paul Molitor put runners on first and third. But after a wild pitch sent Molitor to second, Morris struck out Robin Yount.
In the fourth, Cecil Cooper led off with a single but was erased on a double-play ball hit by Ben Oglivie. Ted Simmons then walked and went to third on Bill Schroeder's single to right. But Morris again got the key strikeout, fanning Gantner.
In the ninth, Cooper doubled with one out and went to third on an infield grounder. After Ted Simmons was intentionally walked, Morris got Schroeder on a grounder to third.
In the Detroit ninth, Larry Herndon led off with a triple and tried to score on Darrell Evans' fly ball. Robin Yount, playing left field to lessen the strain on his arm, threw Herndon out at the plate.
Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker's 12-game hitting streak ended.