Dan Haren took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday looking to build on a solid outing in San Diego, which the right-hander described as the moment he felt part of the team.
Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis led the game off with a bloop single that fell just past the outstretched arm of Hanley Ramirez. The speedy outfielder then stole second and was moved to third on an Ian Kinsler groundout to the right side of the infield. Davis was stranded at third however, as Torii Hunter hit back to the box and Miguel Cabrera grounded out. After a failed bunt attempt, Dee Gordon hit a Max Scherzer fastball over the right-center field fence to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Carl Crawford reached on a single to right field but was caught stealing on a Hanley Ramirez strike out. Scherzer ended the inning by striking out Andre Ethier after an Adrian Gonzalez double.
Haren began the second inning by getting another groundout, but then gave up a solo home run to Austin Jackson that tied the game. Following an Alex Avila single, Haren got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the top half of the second. Juan Uribe singled in the bottom of the second but the Dodgers weren’t able to cash in. Hunter went after a foul fly ball and crashed into the wall off the right field line, was attended to by the trainer, was able to stay in the game at the time, but was removed in the fifth with a knee contusion. Like his counterpart, Scherzer recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the second.
Haren retired the Tigers in order in the third, capped off by a Hunter strikeout. Gordon victimized Scherzer again, this time by way of a dribbler that got past the Tigers’ pitcher and was too far from second baseman Kinsler to get to. The single was washed away on a Crawford double play and Ramirez flied out to left field to end the inning. The fourth was another easy inning for Haren, who recorded eight straight outs up to that point. Scherzer continued to match Haren, getting the Dodgers’ 4-5-6 hitters in order to end of the fourth and keep the game tied at 1-1. The Tigers’ right-hander had six strikeouts through the first four innings.
Tim Federowicz hit a one-out double and was standing on third with two away in the fifth as Gordon stepped in a perfect 2-for-2 on the night. Scherzer ended Gordon’s perfect night as he got the second baseman to groundout to first. Haren continued to shut the Tigers down in the sixth, in what wound up being his last inning of the night. Crawford led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single and was nearly driven in on a Ramirez home run that was just wide of the right field foul pole. Crawford stole his 450th career stolen base as Scherzer struck out Ramirez for the first out. With Crawford in scoring position, Gonzalez and Ethier grounded out to end the inning.
Chris Withrow took over for Haren in the seventh, put another zero on the scoreboard and kept the Tigers hitless since Jackson’s second inning home run. For Withrow, he moved his retired batters streak this season to 17, with nine of them coming on a strikeout. The Dodgers broke the tie in the seventh, capitalizing on a Matt Kemp leadoff walk and Uribe double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Federowicz struck out, which was followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Justin Turner.
With the Dodgers leading 2-1 going into the eighth, Chris Perez replaced Withrow in the eighth. The inning got off to an ominous start for Perez, who issued a leadoff walk. The right-handed reliever responded by getting Tyler Collins, who pinch-hit for Scherzer, to fly out to left and induced Davis into an inning-ending double play. Ian Krol relieved Scherzer and got out of the inning without allowing a run, despite a Ramirez one-out double.
The stage was then set for Kenley Jansen to close out the game against the Tigers two through four hitters. Jansen’s struggles this season continued as Kinsler reached on a leadoff double. After getting Don Kelly to ground out, Jansen and Cabrera then squared off. The hard-throwing closer got the better of Cabrera, striking him out in at-bat that featured nothing but fastballs. With two away and Kinsler still standing on second, Victor Martinez singled to center field, tying the game at 2-2. Martinez was then caught stealing to end the top of the ninth.
Joba Chamberlain struck out the side and the game went to extra innings, tied at 2-2. J.P. Howell pitched the 10th inning for the Dodgers, striking out one and getting the Tigers in order. Chamerlain was back on the mound for his second inning of work and he issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Chone Figgins. With the left-handed Gordon coming up, Phil Coke replaced Chamberlain and got Gordon to pop-up a bunt attempt for the first out. Crawford then came up and hit a ball to left field that skipped under Davis’ glove, rolled to the wall, and allowed Figgins to score the winning run.
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