Tigers Drop Dodgers 6-2 in Series Finale

The Dodgers hit Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello, literally, whacking three line drives through the box that he fielded and turned into outs as the Tigers won the final game of the series 6-2, Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed three runs in the first inning, took the loss.

It was just one of those days when nothing goes particularly right. In addition to the three shots up the middle off Porcello that were turned into outs, the Dodgers hit into a season-high four rally-killing double plays and left eight on base. Kuroda put the club in a 3-0 hole in the first inning and they could never climb out.

With the loss the Dodgers' record in the month of May fell to 16-5 (.762), which is still the best in the Majors and they have not lost a series since dropping two of three to Milwaukee from May 4-6, going 5-0 with a series split with the Padres. The Dodgers slipped a game behind San Diego but still lead San Francisco by 2 1/2 games and they are 3.0 in front of Colorado.  

Kuroda turned in his team-leading seventh quality start of the season as the Dodgers fell to 7-2 in his starts. Kuroda allowed six hits in six innings while striking out five.  

Jeff Weaver worked a scoreless seventh but Ronald Belisario served up a solo home run in the eighth and put two runners on base in the ninth. Starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit in the ninth and it cause a flurry of strategic moves. Joe Torre replaced Belisario with left-hand George Sherrill and Jim Leyland then replaced Willis with Adam Everett who squeezed in a run. Johnny Damon's single accounted for the sixth Detroit run.  

He gave up hits to three of his first four batters, including an RBI single by Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer. "Some pretty good hitters got him, but I thought he pitched great after that and gave us a strong outing," Torre said.  

Although they out-hit the Tigers 11-9, they broke through only on Xavier Paul's two-run single in the fifth. The rookie has batted .412 (7-for-17) with a double and four RBI since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on May 18.

  Blake DeWitt, who may be the odd-man out when the Dodgers clear a roster spot for Rafael Furcal's return, went 2-for-3 and batted .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, three triples and four RBI on the home stand. DeWitt has hit safely in his last six games, leaving him one shy of his career-long hitting streak of seven set from April 15-23.

  Garret Anderson went 2-for-4 for his first multi-hit game of the season and first since Oct. 1, 2009 as a member of the Braves against Washington. The Dodgers were held without an extra-base hit for just the third time this season.

Porcello turned Matt Kemp's shot up the middle into an inning-ending double play in the first; was drilled on the arm by James Loney in the fourth' DeWitt banged him in the right leg in the fifth and legged it out for a hit.

The Dodgers scored only in the fifth. With one out DeWitt and Jamey Carroll singled. Kuroda bunted them into scoring position and Paul dropped a single into left to drive them both in.

Anderson, DeWitt and Carroll singled in the sixth to load the bases but pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez hit the first pitch on the ground to third base to end the inning.  

Loney walked and Anderson singled in the eighth with the Dodgers trailing 4-2 but were left on base. And pinch-hitter Reed Johnson singled in the ninth before Russell Martin bounced into a double play to end the game.

After today's off day, the Dodgers open a three-game series on the road against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. That signals the start of 16 consecutive days before their next off day.

Dodger Blue Notes --Torre reported that Rafael Furcal will be activated tomorrow (Tuesday) in Chicago but did not say who would be moved off the roster to make room for him. ...On this day in 2002, Shawn Green become the 14th player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a game and the Dodgers set a team record with eight home runs in their 16-3 rout of Milwaukee. Green set a Major League record with 19 total bases and tied a Major League mark with six runs. ...Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon, was in the stadium to join Don Newcombe in recognizing a fifth grader from Goleta for being a winner in MLB's Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. ... Thursday, June 10 is the ninth annual Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Golf Invitational at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Several foursomes still remain open for the event and can be obtained by calling 323-224-1413. This year, several Dodger players, coaches and legends will attend including Chad Billingsley, Jeff Weaver, John Ely, Mariano Duncan, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela, Eric Karros, Tommy Davis, Bill Russell, Steve Yeager, Todd Zeile,, Bob Welch, "Sweet" Lou Johnson and Kenny Landreaux. ...Ramon Ortiz celebrated his 37th birthday . Probable pitchers in the Chicago series:
Tuesday, LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 3.23) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.73).
Wednesday, RHP Chad Billingsley (5-2, 3.66) vs. a pitcher to be named.
Thursday, RHP John Ely (3-1, 3.41) vs. former Dodger RHP Ted Lilly (1-4, 4.30)