The Los Angeles Dodgers hit Detroit for their second two-game series of the season against the Tigers and got off to an emphatic start.
Facing Justin Verlander, the Dodgers scored five runs in the first inning to give Hyun-Jin Ryu an early lead. Ryu squandered the lead in the second and was removed after allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings.
The Dodgers never recovered and watched as the Tigers put on a hitting clinic, eventually winning 14-5. Before the game went final, Paul Maholm was on the mound in the sixth with the Dodgers trailing 12-5 and a runner on first base.
Austin Jackson hit a chopper that bounced under Maholm’s glove and sent Gordon to his right. The second baseman made a backhanded stop and flipped the ball from his glove to Miguel Rojas, who turned the inning-ending double play.
The play was one of the few highlights the Dodgers had in Detroit after the first inning of the July 8 game. However, the Dodgers rebounded from being swept in the series to take three of four from the San Diego Padres and hold the best record in the National League heading into the All-Star break.
On Tuesday, Gordon will play in his first All-Star Game.
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