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Dodgers waste early lead in 14-5 loss to Tigers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — This was a tough loss to accept for Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The Los Angeles left-hander had a five-run lead before he even took the mound against Detroit on Tuesday night — then he lost it almost immediately in what eventually became a 14-5 defeat.

"I felt like I really let my team down," Ryu said through a translator. "We had five runs in the first inning off a great pitcher, and I gave the lead away. That's the worst part of tonight."

Justin Verlander (8-7) allowed five runs in the first, but the Dodgers managed only one more hit off the Detroit right-hander, who has had his share of struggles this season. The Tigers tied it with five runs in the second, then added two in the third and four in the fourth to pull away.

Miguel Cabrera was one of five Detroit players with three hits. The Tigers had 20 as a team.

Verlander allowed five runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Ryu (9-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings.

"That was definitely a weird one," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I thought Ryu's stuff looked great in the first inning, but he started leaving the ball up in the second inning and after that, everything went right for the Tigers. Give them a lot of credit — they've got hitters who can crush left-handed pitching."

Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the first, but Verlander retired 13 in a row after that.

Detroit managed its offensive outburst without a single homer, but broke through for eight hits in the second against Ryu. Torii Hunter led off with a double — he was initially ruled out at second after a nice throw from right fielder Yasiel Puig, but the call was overturned on replay.

"That's how replay has changed the game," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It probably changes the entire inning, really. They have one out and nobody on as opposed to a runner on second, no outs."

Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila, Eugenio Suarez and Rajai Davis followed with consecutive singles, and Avila scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single with one out, and Cabrera followed with one of his own to tie it.

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