Tigers lose to Dodgers 3-2 in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 2:37 am •  Published: April 9, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brad Ausmus returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time as a major league manager and found the place no different than during his final season as a player. The home team is still getting clutch hits and pulling out dramatic wins.

Phil Coke gave up an RBI double to Carl Crawford in the 10th inning Tuesday night and the Detroit Tigers lost 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Austin Jackson homered for Detroit in an interleague matchup between defending division champions who came within two victories of the World Series last season.

Max Scherzer got another no-decision, allowing two runs and eight hits over seven innings. He struck out eight after throwing eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball last Wednesday against Kansas City at Comerica Park.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was 13-0 in his first 17 starts last season and didn't take his first loss until July 13, finishing 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

"I can only control what I can control. The win-loss thing is a fluke," Scherzer said. "All last year, I said: 'I'm 21-3 because I had a good offense behind me.' But I'm sure those guys will pick it up and they'll score 10 more runs for me."

Scherzer signed a one-year deal for $15,525,000 in January, but attempts by the Tigers to lock him up long-term came to a stalemate at the end of spring training and no negotiations are planned during the season.

"I don't know if he has a chip on his shoulder. I don't think he carries himself like he does," Ausmus said. "But when he's on the mound, he's 100 percent focused on his job.

"People have asked me if I was concerned about the contract or his impending free agency, but I couldn't be less concerned. Max is ready to pitch when he toes the rubber."

Joba Chamberlain (0-1), making his second appearance for Detroit after seven eventful seasons with the Yankees, struck out the side in the ninth. But he walked pinch-hitter Chone Figgins to open the 10th and was replaced by Coke.

Dee Gordon popped out to first baseman Victor Martinez on an attempted sacrifice bunt, and Figgins scampered home when Crawford lined a 2-0 pitch past left fielder Rajai Davis.

Detroit is 4-2 under Ausmus, who ended an 18-year career as a big league catcher in 2010 with the Dodgers. He took over the Tigers in November after Jim Leyland stepped down following the club's third straight AL Central title.