Gonzalez returns to lead Dodgers past Tigers

The Tigers’ Victor Martinez, right, celebrates his solo home run as he passes Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal at home plate in the sixth inning in Detroit on Friday. (AP photo)


AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT — Chris Taylor had four hits including a pair of doubles, and the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed Adrian Gonzalez back from the disabled list with another victory, beating the Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Friday night.

Gonzalez doubled in his first plate appearance since June 11, one of six two-base hits on the night for Los Angeles. The Dodgers (86-34) have won 20 of their last 23 games and are 51-9 over their last 60.

Rich Hill (9-4) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, but the Dodgers gave him plenty of support. Corey Seager drove in three runs for Los Angeles, and Logan Forsythe scored three times.

Justin Upton homered twice and Victor Martinez also went deep for the Tigers, but Jordan Zimmermann (7-10) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez was activated before the game after being out with a herniated lumbar disk.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Dodgers wasted little time wiping out that deficit. Forsythe hit an RBI single in the second, and Taylor added a run-scoring double. Corey Seager’s two-run single put Los Angeles ahead 4-2.

Joc Pederson and Taylor hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth to make it 6-3.

Zimmermann allowed seven runs for a second consecutive start. Detroit has lost five straight.