Detroit overcomes 6-0 lead

In what has become a recurring theme, the Dodgers saw a 6-0 lead disappear in the final two innings in a 7-6 loss to Detroit. A five-run ninth by the Tigers nailed down the win.

Jose Lima was the bright spot of the game, working four scoreless innings and allowing only a harmless single. Paul Shuey pitched a strong shutout frame and Doug Nickel was tagged for four hits but a pair of double plays kept the Tigers off the board.

Franklin Gutierrez's throw from right field nailed a runner at the plate and drew a standing ovation from the Dodger partisans.

The Dodgers scored three in the fourth when Dave Roberts, Jolbert Cabrera and Adrian Beltré's sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca and John Barnes singled to run the lead to 3-0.

Jason Romano's pinch-hit home run in the fourth boosted the lead and Los Angeles ran the score to 6-0 on a double by Romano and a single to right field by Robin Ventura.

The cold wind and a 'safe' Dodger lead started to thin the crowd but Detroit scored twice in the eighth off Rick White, then overwhelmed him with five runs in the top of the ninth before the Dodgers could get Masao Kida to the mound and stop the bleeding.

The Tigers were helped by three infield hits that could not be handled by the Dodger infield.

Ricky Bell looped a two-out single to right in the last of the ninth but the Dodgers could not get him around and dropped their fourth game in succession to slip to 4-4 on the season.

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