Dodgers win 6th in a row, tie Interleague record

August 19th, 2017

DETROIT -- The Dodgers tied a Major League record with their 13th consecutive Interleague victory, capitalizing on a Tigers defensive miscue with an RBI single in the seventh inning en route to a 3-0 win Saturday at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers joined the 2004 Rays and 2006 Red Sox as the only teams to win 13 consecutive Interleague games in a single season. Los Angeles has won six in a row overall, and amassed its sixth six-game winning streak of the year. Detroit has lost six in a row and 12 of its last 14, falling 16 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season.

Bellinger exits; day to day with mild ankle sprain

Dodgers starter and reliever (3-4) put up a pitching duel with Tigers All-Star starter (10-11), until lost a popup in the sun for a two-out, two-base error that extended the seventh inning.

battled out of an 0-2 count for a walk to bring up Gonzalez, whose ground ball through the right side brought Granderson home from second. added an insurance run with an eighth-inning RBI single off Alex Wilson before Grandal's ninth-inning solo homer off put the game away.

I thought it was good," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Ryu's scoreless five-inning start. "Not his best stuff, but I thought he competed for five innings. For him to tell me that he wanted to go back out there, and feel good about it, I think that's encouraging. There was a lot more left in the tank for him."


Out of a jam: Ryu appeared to struggle against Tigers batters in the third inning, working the bases loaded. The Dodgers and Tigers were scoreless, leaving it as a crucial moment for Ryu to take back control of what appeared to be a deteriorating situation. After allowing a leadoff single to , he walked and , leaving him to face . The move would pay off, though, as he got Cabrera to strike out on three pitches, swinging away on a 92-mph fastball.

Jones returns with a highlight catch: Though Gonzalez's go-ahead single was his lone hit of the game, he had two other hard-hit line drives go for outs. One was a 103-mph drive to center that Jones, just recalled Friday from Triple-A Toledo, ran down for a grab. The outfielder covered 46 feet in 3.4 seconds to track the ball down, making it a four-star catch according to Statcast™


"There's always going to be a couple [of mistakes]. We're human here. I don't plan on [the Dodgers] playing perfect baseball. But at the same time, you try to do the things to put yourself in the best chance to be successful, and I think this team does that." -- Granderson, on the Dodgers' approach to the season

"It's not easy, because he has to go back. But it's a play that should be made, generally speaking. I think he just got turned around a little bit." -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, on the Castellanos error


Fulmer is the second Tigers starter in the last 10 years to take a loss after pitching seven or more innings with no earned runs allowed.  took a 1-0 loss to the Rays despite throwing eight innings and giving up an unearned run on Aug. 21, 2014. More >


Roberts tried to nullify a leadoff baserunner when he challenged Jones' infield single on a ground ball to third to begin the bottom of the third inning. Though made a highlight stop, a 1-minute, 20-second review couldn't definitively conclude whether his throw across the diamond beat Jones to first. Thus, first-base umpire Chris Segal's initial call of safe stood. The Dodgers are 18-for-27 in replay challenges this season.


Dodgers: (11-4, 3.76 ERA) gets the start looking for his sixth consecutive victory as the series wraps up with a 10:10 a.m. PT start at Comerica Park. Maeda is 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his last six starts.

Tigers: (8-8, 4.11) will try for his 30th career Interleague win when he takes the mound in Sunday's series finale, a 1:10 p.m. ET start. He's 29-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 41 career regular-season starts against the National League.

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