Javier Báez and Austin Meadows each drove in two runs and the Detroit Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday, spoiling a night when Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers’ career strikeout leader.
Báez tied it at 1-all in the third inning with a base hit to left and then had the go-ahead double down the right-field line off Evan Phillips (1-1) in the seventh. Meadows added two runs to the score with a perfect-placed single that was scored between third and short later in the inning. This brought the lead up to 4-1
Los Angeles’s only run was by Mookie Bets, who scored the leadoff homer in their first. The Dodgers, having won seven of their previous eight at-home games, managed just four hits against five Detroit pitchers.
Jacob Barnes (2-0), won the game because the Tigers’ bullpen allowed just one hit and one walk over four innings.
Kershaw had to start the game with four strikes to pass Don Sutton, the Dodgers’ strikeouts king.
The 33-year old lefty won Spencer Torkelson will whiff on a slider low and inside for his 2,697th strikeout and move past the Hall of Famer.
After achieving the record, Kershaw was greeted with a standing ovation by the Dodger Stadium crowd and then he tipped his cap. Kershaw was the 26th pitcher to achieve 2,700 strikeouts.
Kershaw’s career ERA (2.48) and WHIP (1.00), are the lowest among all starting pitchers who have logged at least 1,500 innings since the beginning of live-ball in 1920. Kershaw is fourth in strikeouts among active players.
Kershaw has spent the entirety of his 15-year career in Dodger Blue. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw signed a one-year contract in March following the lockout, which could potentially earn him up to $22 million.
Betts started the Dodgers first season by driving Beau Brieskie’s curveball over the wall at center field. Betts scored his third homer this season and 30th in his career.
Kershaw — allowed one run and four hits in six innings — retired the first eight Tigers before running into trouble with two outs in the third. Derek Hill hit a double down the left field line and scored on Baez’s base hit to left. This tied it.
Brieske’s second major-league appearance was a better one. The right-hander — who was the Tigers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season — allowed only one run and three hits with three strikeouts in five innings.
On April 23, against Colorado, he allowed three runs over five innings.
Tigers: Right-handers Matt Manning, (right shoulder inflammation), and Casey Mize, (right elbow) are expected to begin throwing bullpen session early next week.
Dodgers: RHP Mitch White was added to the COVID-19 injures list, and RHP Andre Jackson was optioned. OF Zach McKinstry, Triple-A Oklahoma City was recalled and Carson Fulmer was signed.
Tigers: LHP Eduardo Rodrigo (0-1, 5.03 ERA), will make his fifth start of season. He had a no-decision his last two games. He has a record of 1-1 in his two regular-season starts against Dodgers.
Dodgers: RHP, Walker Buehler (2-1; 2.55 ERA), tossed his first complete game in the big leagues last Monday’s 4-0 win at Arizona. This will be his first encounter with the Tigers.