DETROIT — Justin Verlander settled down after a terrible first inning and the Tigers rallied in emphatic fashion for a 14-5 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Verlander allowed five runs in the first, but the Dodgers managed only one more hit off the Detroit right-hander, who has had his share of struggles this season. The Tigers tied it with five runs in the second then added two in the third and four in the fourth to pull away.
Miguel Cabrera was one of five Detroit players with three hits.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the first, but Verlander retired 13 in a row after that.
The Tigers set season highs for runs and hits (20).
Detroit managed its offensive outburst without a homer but broke through for eight hits in the second against Hyun-Jin Ryu. Torii Hunter led off with a double; he was initially ruled out at second after a nice throw from rightfielder Yasiel Puig, but the call was overturned on replay.
Nick Castellanos, Alex Avila, Eugenio Suarez and Rajai Davis followed with consecutive singles, and Avila scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single with one out, and Cabrera followed with one of his own to tie it.
Davis hit an RBI single in the third to chase Ryu, and Austin Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead.
What once looked like a Los Angeles rout turned into a blowout for Detroit in the fourth, when the first six Tigers reached base against reliever Jamey Wright.
Castellanos singled home a run, and a bases-loaded walk by Avila forced in another. Suarez's RBI single made it 10-5.
Davis added a sacrifice fly, and in the fifth, J.D. Martinez tripled and scored on Hunter's single.
Detroit scored two more in the seventh. Cabrera hit an RBI triple, reaching third when Puig's throw from the wall in right-center sailed over two potential cutoff men. Hunter drove Cabrera home with a single.
Verlander's ERA increased to 4.84, but he won his 12th straight regular-season decision against a National League team. Martinez, Hunter, Castellanos and Davis three hits each.