Walker Buehler pitched five scoreless inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. This was in spite of Miguel Cabrera’s 503rd career run and his first this season.
Cabrera scored two runs off Phil Bickford in eighth inning to save the Tigers from a shutout. Cabrera scored his 3,000th career run last week and tied George Brett for 18th major league record with 1,119 extra base hits.
Freddie Freeman scored two hits and drove in one, while Mookie Betts scored two runs for the Dodgers to win the series.
Buehler (3-1), who had his first career shutout in the last outing of his season, required 23 pitches to make it through the first inning. Although he faced a lot of traffic at the bases, he never got stuck. He allowed six hits to go, struck out five and walked only one. Through the first three innings he faced 15 batters. This was six more than the minimum. However, he retired the side in the fourth inning and fifth innings.
Dodgers pitchers combined were able to strike out thirteen batters. Alex Vesia and Bickford fanned the side for the seventh.
Craig Kimbrel won his fourth save in the year, when he entered with a runner at second and one out of the ninth. Eric Haase was able to get on base, but Kimbrel walked Javier Baez for the tie-breaking run. To end the game, Austin Meadows reached third base.
Justin Bruihl was credited with the Tigers’ ninth-inning win. Justin Candelario had a solo home run in the ninth. The Tigers trailed 6-0 after seven innings and have lost seven out of their last eight.
Detroit pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2), allowed eight hits, gave up six runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings, and was hit by two errors.
Tigers: Robbie Grossman suffered a severe right hand injury after being struck in the second inning by Buehler’s pitch. Trainers came out to inspect him. He stayed in the game to run the bases and then left.
Dodgers: RHP Tommy Kahnle, who was on the 10-day injured reserve, was activated and LHP Garrett Cleavinger optioned.
Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.60 ERA), makes his third start in Pittsburgh this Tuesday. Pineda, who had a season-opening win against the Yankees in which he pitched five scoreless innings, allowed four earned runs at Minnesota (on three home runs). The result was a 5-0 loss.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (0-1, 2.50 ERA), faces the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. In three of his four starts, Urias allowed one or less runs. He’s struck out 15 but also walked eight