Dodgers 3, Tigers 2

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DETROIT (AP)—Kazuhisa Ishii didn’t have his best stuff, but it was too much for the Detroit Tigers.

Ishii allowed two runs over seven innings, and Paul Lo Duca drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 3-2 win Thursday night.

“He (Ishii) struggled a little bit with his fastball,” Lo Duca said. “(He) had a very good breaking ball, so we just started throwing his breaking ball to get a strike. He made some big-time pitches when he had to.”

Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 20 games as the Dodgers handed the Tigers their second straight sweep in interleague play and seventh loss in a row overall. Detroit was swept by San Francisco last weekend.

Ishii (6-2) won despite walking six batters for the sixth time this season. He struck out eight and allowed five hits.

Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 24 opportunities. He has saved 32 straight dating back to last season.

“He’s just been unbelievable last year and this year,” said Dodgers bench coach Jim Riggleman, filling in for manager Jim Tracy, who was attending his son’s high school graduation on Thursday. “It’s an unbelievable asset to have when you feel very confident with as little as a one-run lead, you’re going to win the ballgame.”

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman (2-9) pitched seven innings, the second-longest start of his career. The rookie left the game after allowing a single by Brian Jordan in the top of the eighth. He struck out one and did not walk a batter.

“They put the ball in play and found some holes,” Bonderman said. “That’s the way this game works. I tried to keep the team in the game, and I did that. They just hit a few good pitches.”

The Dodgers and Tigers have the lowest team batting averages in the National and American leagues, respectively.

“Their team batting average didn’t go up, I don’t think,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “But they got three wins, and that’s all that matters.”

Cesar Izturis led off the fifth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Dave Roberts. Lo Duca followed with his run-scoring single to put the Dodgers up 3-2.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ramon Santiago doubled and scored on Bobby Higginson’s single.

Los Angeles scored twice in the second. Mike Kinkade reached on a single and went to second on third baseman Eric Munson’s throwing error, then scored on Jolbert Cabrera’s double. Cabrera scored on Alex Cora’s single.

Craig Monroe’s sixth homer tied it in the third inning.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 51 minutes by rain.

Notes

LoDuca’s hitting streak is the longest by a Dodger since Brett Butler hit in 23 straight in 1991. … Manager Alan Trammell announced before the game that pitchers Mike Maroth, scheduled to start Friday, and Nate Cornejo, Saturday’s scheduled starter, are switching places in the rotation because Maroth is suffering from a stomach virus. If Maroth can’t pitch Saturday, Trammell says relievers Steve Sparks, a former starter, Matt Roney or Wilfredo Ledezma will get the start. … Dmitri Young, battling a sinus infection, did not start for the second consecutive night, but did pinch-hit in the eighth. … Santiago’s double was just his second extra-base hit in 26 games, covering97 at-bats.

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