Los Angeles at Detroit

L.A. Dodgers
W: N. Robertson (5-6) L: C. Park (2-2)
S: T. Jones (12)
HR: LA - R. Martin (6)   DET - M. Thames (10), B. Inge (6)

Leyland makes right call, surging Tigers edge Dodgers

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DETROIT -- Jim Leyland and Joe Torre made different decisions about how to handle their starting pitchers during a game-interrupting rainstorm Sunday.

It turned out Leyland made the right call.

The Dodgers-Tigers game was delayed 47 minutes with no score after the fourth inning. Leyland chose to leave Nate Robertson in the game, while Torre took out Clayton Kershaw.

Two innings later, the Tigers had a 5-0 lead, and they held on to win their sixth consecutive game, 5-4.

Robertson threw in the indoor batting cage during the delay, so Leyland felt comfortable leaving him in the game.

"He threw about two simulated innings, so his pitch count was about 30 higher than it said on the scoreboard," Leyland said. "He was going great, so we wanted to leave him out there."

Robertson (5-6) finished with six shutout innings.

"This is my first Father's Day, and I'm going to remember it really well," said Robertson, who became a father three months ago.

Torre chose not to take the same chance with his rookie lefty, who was only making his fifth major league start.

"I wanted to come back out, but Mr. Torre said I was done," Kershaw said. "I know he had my best interest at heart."

Chan Ho Park (2-2) replaced him, and allowed five runs and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings.

"It just wasn't one of his better outings," Torre said. "I was worried that he had a physical problem, but I've checked with everyone and he seems to be fine."

Detroit has now won six in a row to pull within six games of first-place Chicago.

"People buried us, and they should have," Leyland said. "Now we've got a chance to get them excited again."

The winning streak started when Robertson beat the White Sox 6-4 Tuesday to start a three-game sweep.

"That White Sox series was huge," he said. "We know we have a good team, but we had to get things going. Now we've got to keep this up."

The Dodgers looked like they were about to be shut out for the third time in four days, but they scored four runs in the ninth inning before Juan Pierre flew out to center to end the game with runners on second and third.

Los Angeles is now a season-worst seven games below .500.

"It's not early any more -- it is starting to get urgent," Torre said. "We just have to start getting some better at-bats. We didn't scare anyone until we finally got aggressive in the ninth inning."

Detroit's offense didn't get rolling until Park retired the first two batters in the fifth. The next six batters reached base, bringing home three runs, and Park only escaped the inning when shortstop Angel Berroa threw out a runner at the plate.

Things didn't get any better for Park in the sixth, as Marcus Thames and Brandon Inge led off with back-to-back homers, making it 5-0.

"We believe in ourselves, and we're winning ballgames," Thames said. "People are going to have doubts, because we got off to the slow start, but we're confident. If we keep playing hard, good things are going to happen."


  • Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield, sidelined with an oblique strain and shoulder problems, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland on Monday.
  • Torre said the team most likely would move a minor league pitcher into the rotation if Brad Penny ends up on the disabled list. Penny had shoulder pain during Saturday's loss to the Tigers and is scheduled for an MRI exam on Monday.
  • The Dodgers lost their designated hitter by moving Martin to catcher in the eighth, and had to use Delwyn Young as a pinch hitter for reliever Jonathan Broxton in the ninth.
  • The Tigers sent reliever Aquilino Lopez to Triple-A Toledo after the game and plan to convert him into a starter. Detroit is expected to activate reliever Fernando Rodney (shoulder) on Monday.
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Winning pitcher Nate Robertson enjoys his first Father's Day as a dad with six shutout innings.  (AP)
Winning pitcher Nate Robertson enjoys his first Father's Day as a dad with six shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Guillen
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Juan Pierre, LF5020003 .278
Luis Maza, 2B3010011 .245
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH-2B1000001 .167
Blake DeWitt, 3B4110003 .279
Russell Martin, DH-C4112001 .311
James Loney, 1B4110001 .295
Matt Kemp, CF4120000 .297
Andre Ethier, RF4000013 .281
Angel Berroa, SS2010100 .200
   b- Jeff Kent, PH1011000 .243
Danny Ardoin, C2000011 .167
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH1000001 .115
   d- Delwyn Young, PH1000002 .295
a-grounded out for Maza in the 8th
b-singled for Berroa in the 9th
c-flied out for Ardoin in the 8th
d-flied out for Broxton in the 9th
2B - Matt Kemp (15, D. Bautista)
HR - Russell Martin (6, Seay)
RBI - Russell Martin 2 (31), Jeff Kent (30)
Team LOB - 6
DP - DeWitt-Maza-Loney, Berroa-LaRoche-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 4200220 3.75
Chan Ho Park (L,2-2) 1.1855122 2.95
Joe Beimel 1.2300110 1.29
Jonathan Broxton 1100010 4.28
WP - Clayton Kershaw (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 65-37, Chan Ho Park 40-27, Joe Beimel 29-20, Jonathan Broxton 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-4, Chan Ho Park 1-0, Joe Beimel 2-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 15, Chan Ho Park 12, Joe Beimel 9, Jonathan Broxton 3
Detroit Tigers
Edgar Renteria, SS4120101 .274
Placido Polanco, 2B4121102 .304
Carlos Guillen, 3B5031011 .304
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000104 .310
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4021010 .285
Marcus Thames, DH3111101 .248
Brandon Inge, C4111022 .221
Ryan Raburn, LF3000021 .219
    Curtis Granderson, CF1010000 .250
Brent Clevlen, CF-LF4120002 .217
2B - Carlos Guillen (18, Park)
HR - Marcus Thames (10, Park), Brandon Inge (6, Park)
RBI - Placido Polanco (22), Carlos Guillen (32), Miguel Cabrera (42), Marcus Thames (25), Brandon Inge (23)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (11), Carlos Guillen (15), Miguel Cabrera (13)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Cabrera-Renteria
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,5-6) 6400030 5.46
Denny Bautista 2100100 3.32
Bobby Seay0333001 3.92
Todd Jones (S,12) 1211000 4.26
WP - Nate Robertson (4), Todd Jones (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 66-45, Denny Bautista 36-22, Bobby Seay 13-7, Todd Jones 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 11-3, Denny Bautista 4-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 21, Denny Bautista 8, Bobby Seay 3, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41189
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt