Dan Haren and Max Scherzer pitched to a duel on Tuesday night as offense was at a premium for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers. Haren pitched 6.0 innings, allowing only one run and striking out four. Scherzer was equally as impressive, going 7.0 innings and striking out eight while allowing two runs.
The Dodgers handed the game over to their bullpen, which collectively preserved the lead and had the Tigers down to their last out. Kenley Jansen had just struck out Miguel Cabrera on straight fastballs and needed to get Victor Martinez. The Tigers’ first baseman tied the game with a single that scored Ian Kinsler, who began the inning with a lead-off double. The Dodgers were unable to win the game in the bottom of the ninth and the game went to extra innings.
J.P. Howell retired the Tigers in order in the 10th, setting the stage for Carl Crawford to end the game in dramatic fashion. Chone Figgins worked a walk off Joba Chamberlain, who then gave way to Phil Coke with left-handed hitters Dee Gordon and Crawford due up. Gordon popped out on a bunt attempt and suddenly the Dodgers were at risk of having their inning ended on a double play.
Crawford was given the green light on a 2-0 count and hit a line drive to left field, which skipped under Rajai Davis’ glove and rolled to the wall, allowing Figgins to score from first for the walk-off, 3-2 win.
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