Chris Taylor’s 4 hits pace Dodgers’ win over Tigers

first_imgDETROIT >> They are holding the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit this weekend. Billed as the largest auto event in the world, it features thousands of classic and vintage automobiles rolling over a 16-mile stretch of local road.Meanwhile, another dream cruise continued at Comerica Park where the Dodgers battered the Detroit Tigers, 8-5, Friday night.The Dodgers had 12 hits and six walks (extending their major-league leading total to 491) in the game including four hits from Chris Taylor – and one from Adrian Gonzalez, a double in his first major league at-bat since June 11.“I’m just happy I’m not the guy who messed things up,” joked Gonzalez, who also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. “I’m just glad we won.” “We’re going to enjoy it like we do every win and then be ready to go again at 4 (o’clock) tomorrow.”The Tigers proved little more than a speed bump Friday.They did put up two runs in the first inning against Dodgers starter Rich Hill, but the Dodgers doubled that with a four-run second inning. In his first at-bat since returning from the DL, Gonzalez had the first of the Dodgers’ six doubles in the game. Logan Forsythe drove in one run with a single and Chris Taylor did the same with the first of his two doubles. Corey Seager gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run single.“We do a lot of answering back,” Roberts said of the Dodgers’ offense. “When they score first, we seem to respond with a run or two. Tonight, we did that twice and we tacked on a couple more.”Back-to-back doubles by Joc Pederson and Taylor in the fourth inning produced two more runs. Forsythe doubled and scored his third run of the game in the sixth.For Taylor (who played shortstop for the first time since June so Seager could DH), it was his third four-hit game and 31st multi-hit game of a remarkable breakout season. He is batting .367 in the leadoff spot for the Dodgers this year.Hill went five innings and the Dodgers’ bullpen did a sloppy job of closing it out, allowing eight hits over the final four innings. Josh Fields gave up a home run to Victor Martinez in the sixth and Kenley Jansen a home run to Justin Upton in the ninth.It was Upton’s second homer and fourth hit of the game as he finished a triple shy of a cycle. That’s all the Dodgers seem to do these days.The win was their 12th consecutive over an American League team, one short of matching the record for consecutive interleague victories shared by three teams (the 2003-04 New York Yankees, 2004 Tampa Bay Rays and 2013-14 Miami Marlins).The win also moved the Dodgers 52 games over .500 (86-34) for the first time since they ended the 1953 season with a 105-49 record.And another signpost along the way – the Dodgers have not lost a game in which they scored at least four runs since June 15 (a 12-5 loss in Cleveland). According to Stats LLC, there have only been three streaks longer than the Dodgers’ current stretch of 37 consecutive wins in those games – 42 in a row by the 1954 Cleveland Indians, 41 in a row by the 1906 New York Giants and 38 in a row by the 1898 Boston Beaneaters.“It’s incredible – all the different numbers that people are throwing together and throwing at us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the nightly comparison with history. “That’s fun for us to hear and it’s a credit to these guys that we keep hearing those crazy statistics. When you’re talking about baseball history, there’s been a lot of great teams throughout our history. For us to be in the same breath and conversation, it’s ridiculous. It’s crazy.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more