Tigers overcome bad start to rout Dodgers
July 10, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
DETROIT, Michigan -- Detroit pitching ace Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning yet the Tigers emphatically responded by pouring on plenty of runs themselves to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 14-5 in Tuesday's interleague clash of divisional leaders.
The Tigers moved 4-1/2 games clear atop the American League Central while the Dodgers maintained their one-game lead in the NL West despite the loss as nearest rival San Francisco was beaten again in the Bay Area series against majors-leading Oakland.
In other key results, Toronto arrested a season-worst five-game skid by shutting out the Los Angeles Angels, and St. Louis rookie Kolten Wong provided the dramatic climax as the Cardinals edged Pittsburgh.
Detroit's Verlander (8-7) had a poor first inning, but gave up only one hit over the next five frames — retiring 13 Dodgers in a row at one point — while watching his batters punish the L.A. pitching staff.
The Tigers tied it with five runs in the second, then added two in the third and four in the fourth to pull away. Detroit set a season high for runs and hits (20). Miguel Cabrera was one of five Detroit players with three hits.
Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray struck out eight to win his third straight decision, guiding the Athletics to a 6-1 victory over local rival San Francisco.
Gray didn't allow a hit over the first two innings to set the A's on their way to a sixth-straight win.
Coco Crisp hit an RBI single and stole his 16th base of the season and Nick Punto doubled in a run during a four-run third for the A's who completed a 6-0 homestand. The low-budget club with baseball's best record has won 11 of its past 12 games at the Coliseum.
Toronto's R.A. Dickey pitched seven scoreless innings to record his first victory in more than a month, steering the Blue Jays to a 4-0 win over the Angels.
Dickey (7-8) struck out five and walked one after losing his previous four starts.
Jose Reyes homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a sequence of seven-successive losses on the road, while also ending the Angels' 11-game home winning streak, which fell one shy of the franchise record set in 1967.
Toronto climbed within 2-1/2 games of AL East-leading Baltimore, whose scheduled game at Washington was rained out.
St. Louis rookie Kolten Wong gave the Cardinals a second straight game-winning ninth-inning home run, connecting with two outs, and on a full count, to give the hosts a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.