DETROIT -- A day of dueling no-hit bids turned into a home run derby down the foul lines. Justin Upton's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning off previously perfect Kenta Maeda, earning Justin Verlander a victory for his gem in a 6-1 Tigers win over the Dodgers on Sunday
DETROIT -- A day of dueling no-hit bids turned into a home run derby down the foul lines. Justin Upton's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning off previously perfect Kenta Maeda, earning Justin Verlander a victory for his gem in a 6-1 Tigers win over the Dodgers on Sunday at Comerica Park that snapped Los Angeles' win streak at six.
The Dodgers' attempt at a Major League-record 14th consecutive Interleague victory ended with drama. While Verlander took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Maeda retired the first 15 batters he faced. Former Tiger Curtis Granderson provided the game's first hit with a solo homer off his ex-teammate with two outs in the sixth, but Dixon Machado's two-run double capped a string of three consecutive Tigers hits leading off the bottom of the inning to put Detroit ahead for good.
"Today, my thing was to see the ball," said Machado, who made a spot start with Jose Iglesias off. "Lately I've been striking out a little bit more than normal. I saw him pretty good today. I was thinking fastball, but he left [the slider] up a little bit and I pulled it down the line."
Upton added to the Tigers' outburst with a drive off the left-field foul pole, his 26th home run of the season, earning Verlander (9-8) his fourth win in his last five starts. Verlander held the dominant Dodgers offense to two hits over eight innings with a walk and nine strikeouts. The Tigers' offense capped off the win with insurance runs thanks to Jose Cabrera's two-run double in the eighth inning.
"That's the best team in baseball," Verlander said, "and really this morning, I kind of told myself I'm going to take a playoff-type intensity out there, not let these guys sweep us."
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The Grandy Man can: Granderson stepped to the plate in the sixth still looking for his first hit as a Dodger since being acquired from the Mets late Friday night. Verlander struck him out each of his first two times up, but after battling out of an 0-2 hole, Granderson reached for a 2-2 slider at the knees -- a pitch that struck him out two innings earlier -- and connected, sending a drive off the right-field foul pole for his 20th homer of the year and a 1-0 lead.
"Well, it's good to go ahead and try to put us in a situation, at that point, to break up the no-hitter, to give us the lead," Granderson said. "But to not get enough to help this team win tonight, I'm a little dissatisfied because you want to put yourself in a situation where we could earn the sweep here."
Upton continues to mash: The Tigers' offense ended Maeda's perfect game in style, stringing together three straight hits to start the sixth that would turn the tide of the game for good. John Hicks led it off with a single to center, and Andrew Romine's double was followed closely by Machado, who smoked a two-run double for a 2-1 Tigers lead. Upton's two-run home run to left sealed the four-run frame and put Detroit on the way to snapping the Dodgers' streak.
"Every day, you feel like he's going to do something," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
"I didn't tip my hat. I yelled at him on the way off the field. He knows it was all in good jest."
-- Verlander, on Granderson's home run
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Verlander's win was his 30th in Interleague Play, tying Bartolo Colon for most among active pitchers. He improved to 30-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 42 career regular-season starts against National League opponents.
The Dodgers' loss is just their fourth in the last 25 games. They haven't dropped back-to-back games since July 20-21.
The Dodgers challenged Cabrera's advance on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, arguing Justin Turner applied the tag in time. A one-minute, eight-second review upheld the initial ruling that Cabrera was safe.
Dodgers: The Dodgers continue their seven-game road trip with a visit to Pittsburgh for four games beginning Monday at 4:05 p.m. PT at PNC Park. Alex Wood will get the start (14-1, 2.30 ERA) as he hopes to continue the team's undefeated record against the Pirates this season.
Tigers: After an off-day Monday, Detroit's homestand continues Tuesday night with a visit from the Yankees, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET at Comerica Park. Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.70 ERA) returns to the Tigers' rotation for his first start in nine days, seeking his first win and first quality start since July 29.
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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.
Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.