The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to solve Reese Olson in a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers that snapped their five-game winning streak and prevented a series sweep.
Olson took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and it was broken up on a one-out single from Max Muncy. He also had been the Dodgers’ lone baserunner to that point by drawing a walk in the first inning.
J.D. Martinez followed Muncy’s hit with a walk, only for Olson to get David Peralta to ground into an inning-ending double play. Muncy remained a thorn in Olson’s side as he hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie a career high with 36 this season.
Muncy went 2-for-2 with a walk against the right-hander, while the rest of the Dodgers lineup was a combined 0-for-18 with five strikeouts and one walk.
Olson nevertheless exited with a lead thanks to the Detroit Tigers finding success against Bobby Miller in back-to-back innings.
Kerry Carpenter doubled to lead off the second, took third base on a groundout and scored when Tyler Nevin hit a single into left field.
The Tigers then loaded the bases with nobody out in the third inning, though only managed to get one run out of it. Miller was aided by James Outman making a diving catch in left-center field to rob Spencer Torkelson of extra bases and multiple RBI. Torkelson instead settled for a sacrifice fly.
Miller wasn’t particularly sharp or dominant in his start but managed to end the outing by retiring 12 in a row after the Tigers loaded the bases.
He was relieved by Ryan Brasier, who allowed an unearned run due to Muncy’s throwing error with two outs in the seventh inning. Parker Meadows took advantage of Muncy’s error by stealing his first base of the season, leading to scoring on Carson Kelly’s single.
Evan Phillips entered in the eighth inning and gave up back-to-back hits with two outs that put the Dodgers in a bigger hole they couldn’t dig out of. Phillips has allowed a combined six runs (five unearned) in his last four appearances.
Brusdar Graterol pitched for a second consecutive night and extended his scoreless streak to 22 innings.
The Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate in the both the eighth and ninth innings. They scored in the eighth when Freddie Freeman grounded out.
Dodgers magic number
Due to Milwaukee Brewers defeating the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday and their loss, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the No. 2 seed in the National League postseason bracket remained three.
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