LAKELAND, Fla. — The Dodgers spotted the Detroit Tigers a 5-1 lead Friday, then rallied for their seventh straight win, beating the World Series champions, 8-7.
Ken Landreaux, who went into the game batting .161 (5 for 31) with one RBI, drove in four runs, three with a bases-loaded double in the fourth.
Jerry Reuss, who had won his first three decisions, struck out the side in the first--Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell and Kirk Gibson--then was victimized by five unearned runs in the third, his own error contributing to the Tiger rally.
Tom Brennan, making his fifth appearance, was finally scored upon but was credited with the win after giving up a run on two hits in two innings. Tom Niedenfuer had a shaky two innings, walking three and giving up three hits plus a run in the ninth, but got the save.