Hyun-Jin Ryu combines with bullpen on four-hit shutout as Dodgers beat Tigers, 3-0
DETROIT – A misplayed popup by Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos led to the first run of the game in the seventh inning and the Dodgers scored all their runs in the final three innings, beating the Tigers 3-0 Saturday afternoon.
Of greater import for the Dodgers, however, was a fly ball Castellanos hit to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Playing right field only the third time in the majors (with newly-acquired Curtis Granderson in left), Cody Bellinger rolled his right ankle on the warning track while making the catch.
Bellinger came out of the game at the end of that inning with a mild ankle sprain. His status will be re-evaluated day to day.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu went five scoreless innings – the 25th time this season a Dodgers pitcher has turned in a scoreless start – allowing three hits and walking four. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs against him in the third inning but Ryu struck out Miguel Cabrera on three pitches. Ian Kinsler doubled with one out in the fifth but was stranded there.
Fighting an uphill battle to be included on the Dodgers’ post-season roster, Ryu has posted a 2.22 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over his past eight starts.
Tigers starter Michael Fulmer was even better. He allowed just two hits while holding the Dodgers scoreless into the seventh inning.
With two outs, however, Castellanos misplayed Granderson’s popup and it fell on the outfield grass just beyond the infield. Granderson wound up on second base and scored two batters later when Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI single to right field. Gonzalez is now two short of 2,000 hits in his career.
An inning later, the Dodgers added another two-out run after Chase Utley drew a leadoff walk. Justin Turner cashed it in with a RBI single.
Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run in the ninth inning. The Dodgers have outscored their opponents 188-123 in the seventh inning or later this season.
Ross Stripling struck out four of the seven batters he faced in two hitless innings to earn the victory. Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen closed out the four-hit shutout.
The win was the Dodgers’ 21st in their past 24 games. They are 26-5 since the All-Star break and 52-9 since June 7. The Dodgers are guaranteed to win the series and are unbeaten in their past 21 series (18-0-3).
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