Tigers Bring Out Home Run Bats For 7-5 Win Over Dodgers

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Cabrera, Ordonez Strike Big Blows In Tigers' 7-5 Win Over Dodgers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez each had two-run home runs as Detroit took down Los Angeles, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game series.

Casper Wells and Don Kelly also went deep for the Tigers, who dropped the first two games in the series before salvaging Wednesday’s contest.

Al Alburquerque (4-1) earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for starter Rick Porcello. Jose Valverde worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to notch his 17th save.

Ted Lilly (5-7) allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight as the Dodgers had their season-high tying three-game win streak snapped.

Valverde entered for the ninth and allowed a single to Andre Ethier, a Matt Kemp walk and a James Loney single to load the bases with one out. After fanning pinch-hitter Casey Blake on a 96 mile an hour fastball, Dioner Navarro crushed a ball to deep center field. Austin Jackson, who was just placed in center for a defensive substitution, got a great break on the ball and made a running catch to end the game.

“I didn’t think Dioner’s ball was going to get caught, but Austin outran it. Our offense kept us in the game. We gave ourselves a chance today,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Detroit jumped out to a quick lead after Wells led off the game with his first career leadoff home run, breaking a streak of seven straight games by the Dodgers without allowing a homer.

“I think that’s the first game I have ever led off,” said Wells. “Lilly kept a couple pitches up and we capitalized on it today.”

The Dodgers answered right back in the bottom half of the first with two runs of their own to take the lead. Juan Uribe singled with one out and scampered home on Kemp’s triple two batters later. Loney then lined one into left field to score Kemp.

But the lead didn’t last long as Ordonez smacked a two-run shot into the bleachers in left field in the second.

Detroit added to its lead in the third. After Brennan Boesch doubled, Cabrera came up a hammered a ball into right field. Ethier tracked the ball to the wall and leapt for it, but just missed it as the ball bounced off the top off the wall and into the seats, giving the Tigers a 5-2 lead.

Kemp led off the fourth with a single and Loney followed with a walk before Marcus Thames knocked in Kemp with a base hit to left. A Navarro sacrifice bunt moved Loney and Thames up to second and third.

Jamey Carroll came up next and sent a fly ball to right field. Ordonez made the catch and fired the ball to the plate as Loney tagged up. The ball got there before Loney, and Martinez blocked the plate with his left foot, deflecting Loney off the dish as he made the tag for the inning-ending double play.

The Tigers answered back yet again with three straight two-out hits in the fifth. After two quick outs, Boesch lined a ball into center for a base hit and Lilly was removed from the game.

Mike MacDougal entered next and back-to-back singles by Cabrera and Martinez brought home Boesch.

Los Angeles returned the favor in the home fifth with a two-out rally of its own to pull within a run.

Juan Uribe grounded into a double play with runners on first and second and no outs, moving Tony Gwynn to third. Ethier then blooped a ball into shallow center field to bring in Gwynn.

A Kemp single moved Ethier to second and forced Porcello off the mound. Charlie Furbush then gave up an RBI single to Loney and was replaced by Alburquerque on the bump, who issued a walk to Thames that loaded the bases, but fanned Navarro on a low-and-inside slider to end the inning and keep it a 6-5 game.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth on Kelly’s pinch-hit home run.

Aaron Miles extended his hit streak to six games and has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games…Porcello lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk for Detroit…Detroit struck out 13 times in Wednesday’s game and 35 times in the series…Los Angeles fell to 3-6 in its season-long 12-game homestand.


Tigers' Interleague Struggles Continue With Another Loss To Dodgers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Andre Ethier hit a two-run home run to help lead Los Angeles past Detroit, 6-1, in the second installment of a three-game series.

Chad Billingsley (6-6) allowed one run on six hits and two walks through 5 1/3 innings for the win. He also struck out six in the Dodgers' third straight victory.

Max Scherzer (9-3) went six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks as the Tigers lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Matt Kemp stole two bases in the seventh inning to make him just the second Dodger all time to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases before the All-Star break. Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes was the only other Dodger to accomplished that feat in 1979.

"Davey is one of my teachers so this is special. He's pointing things out to me. I feel like we're on a roll," said Kemp.

James Loney worked a one-out walk and was followed by an Aaron Miles single to put runners on the corners in the second inning. A.J. Ellis then lined a ball into right to bring Loney across the plate.

A Tony Gwynn walk loaded the bases, but the Dodgers would not be able to get anything out of the situation after Billingsley hit a grounder to first and Victor Martinez threw home for the force out, and Dee Gordon hit another bouncer to Martinez to end the inning and keep it a 1-0 game.

Detroit got the run back in the fourth after having the first three batters reach base. Don Kelly walked and Brennan Boesch followed with a single before Martinez slapped a base hit up the middle to score Kelly and knot the game at 1-1.

Loney led off the bottom half of the frame with a blooper into shallow left field, allowing him to take second. Miles then grounded to first and Martinez threw to second, catching Loney in a rundown as he wandered too far off the bag. During the rundown, Miles took second and later advanced to third on a groundout by Ellis. Gwynn then hit a dribbler to the left side of the mound but Scherzer's bare-handed grab and throw to first was a split-second late and Miles took home, giving LA a 2-1 advantage.

The Dodgers extended their lead in the fifth when Ethier pulled a 3-0 fastball into the right-field bleachers.

Down 4-1, Detroit had a chance to get back into the game after loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Consecutive singles by Boesch and Martinez, and a one-out Alex Avila walk knocked Billingsley off the mound.

Mike MacDougal took the bump next and needed just two pitches to get out of the jam when pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

"We ran into a couple of hot pitchers the last two nights. We just didn't do anything offensively," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland about his team's offense.

Los Angeles then put the game away with a two-run sixth. Miles led off the inning with a single and after two quick outs, pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen laced a double into the right-center gap to score Miles. Gordon then placed a double to left field to bring home Oeltjen as Austin Jackson's throw home was wide to the left.

Detroit fell to 2-6 in interleague play this year and Los Angeles rose to 3-2.


Tigers Drop Series Opener To Dodgers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Juan Uribe's solo home run in the first was all Clayton Kershaw would need en route to his second shutout of the season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Kershaw (7-3) allowed just two hits and equaled a season-high 11 strikeouts for the Dodgers, who have won two in a row since a five-game skid. The starter also drove in a pair of runs while Dioner Navarro knocked in another for the victors.

"I felt good," Kershaw said. "(Navarro) and I were on the same page tonight. I threw a lot of changeups and worked out. It was fun tonight."

Casper Wells and Ryan Raburn had the only two hits for the Tigers, who have started a six-game interleague road trip with a 1-3 mark.

Tigers starter Brad Penny (5-6) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings against his former team.

Uribe's solo home run in the first held up for five more innings until the sixth when Navarro brought in a run with a rocket down the first base line.

James Loney started off the inning with a double, and after Marcus Thames' flyout, Navarro's double brought home Loney for a 2-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, Kershaw helped his own cause with a two- out grounder through the right side that brought in Loney and Navarro to make up the final score.

The starter built off of that momentum and closed out the ninth with three- straight strikeouts that capped off his third career shutout.

"He's as good as I've seen all year against us," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said of Kershaw. "It was absolutely tremendous. He was brilliant."

Kershaw has three RBI this season and is hitting .294. He improved to 5-0 in his last 10 starts...Detroit's Miguel Cabrera has started every game this season, but will not start Tuesday in the second game of the series. The Tigers will face Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley, who has held Cabrera 0-for-12 in his career. Detroit will combat the Dodgers with nine-game winner Max Scherzer...Los Angeles won two of three meetings with Detroit a year ago at Comerica Park.

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