In a battle between two teams with World Series aspirations and strong starting pitching taking the mound, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers played a game filled with scoring Tuesday.
The Dodgers jumped all over Justin Verlander in the first inning, beginning with Yasiel Puig drawing a one-out walk. Hanley Ramirez singled to left field and Adrian Gonzalez drove both runners in with an RBI double down the right field line.
Matt Kemp followed with a bloop single that scored Gonzalez and Juan Uribe capped off the inning with a two-run home run. The Dodgers’ five-run lead wouldn’t last long as the Tigers responded in the second inning.
Torii Hunter hit a single to right field that bounced off the wall, but Puig made an excellent play to nail Hunter on his attempt to stretch it into a double. However, the Tigers challenged the play and after a long review, Hunter was called safe. Two batters later, Alex Avila singled to score Hunter.
Rajai Davis continued the scoring with an RBI infield single and Ryu then threw a wild pitch that allowed Avila to score. A pair of RBI singles tied in the game in what wound up being an eight-hit inning.
Nick Castellanos hit a leadoff double in the third inning, which was followed by an Alex Avila walk. With both runners in scoring position and one out, Davis hit an RBI single to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead.
After giving up 10 base hits in less than three innings, Ryu was removed from the game and Jamey Wright was called in. Austin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly and the Tigers led 7-5 before Wright could get out of the inning.
Verlander retired the side in order in the fourth and the Tigers added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Castellanos singled to right to score one run. Avila drew a walk and Eugenio Suarez singled to extend the Tigers’ lead to 10-5.
Jamey Wright relieved Perez and allowed a sacrifice fly that scored another run for the Tigers and they led 11-5 headed to the fifth inning. The bottom of the fifth brought more scoring from Detroit behind a Hunter RBI single that scored J.D. Martinez, who tripled.
After retiring 13 straight, Verlander walked Ramirez in the sixth inning. Nothing would come of it however, aside from Don Mattingly being ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Paul Maholm allowed an RBI triple to Miguel Cabrera and an RBI single to Hunter in the seventh.
Newly recalled Pedro Baez saw some action in the eighth inning with the game well in hand. The Tigers bullpen didn’t allow a run over the final three innings and they cruised to a 14-5 win.
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