Angels Tame Tigers In 13
ANAHEIM (AP) – Mark Trumbo homered leading the bottom of the 13th inning and Albert Pujols doubled home two runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Sunday for their second straight series sweep of the Tigers.
Detroit lefty Phil Coke (0-2) intentionally walked Pujols with two outs and the bases empty in the 12th before striking out Josh Hamilton on three pitches. But Trumbo drove a 3-1 pitch into the top part of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his second homer of the season.
Jerome Williams (1-0) got the victory with three innings of two-hit relief.
Angels lefty C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four. He gave up a two-run homer to Prince Fielder that tied the score 3-all in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Torii Hunter.
The Angels made a bid to regain the lead in the seventh against Doug Fister. But Hamilton lined out to center field with a runner at third, after Mike Trout grounded into a double play and Albert Pujols received his first intentional walk since the three he got on April 3 at Texas.
The Angels squandered another chance in the 10th when Joaquin Benoit struck out Howie Kendrick on a full-count pitch in the dirt after a double-steal by Trout and Trumbo, who was intentionally walked with two outs.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland got into a lengthy argument with umpire Gary Darling in the Tigers’ ninth, after Darling called Omar Infante out at second base on Austin Jackson’s attempted sacrifice bunt to reliever Ernesto Frieri.
The Tigers left the bases loaded in the ninth, the third time in the game they failed to capitalize in that situation. They stranded 13 runners altogether, and the Angels left 10 on base.
Hunter, who spent the previous five seasons with the Angels was 3 for 12 with three walks and no RBIs in his first series against his former teammates.
Fister allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander also hit three batters, two of them during a three-run third that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead.
The first two runs scored on Pujols’ double off the glove of third baseman Cabrera. Fister then plunked Hamilton, and Trumbo hit a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to Cabrera. But the relay to first by second baseman Infante was low and bounced off Fielder’s glove, allowing Pujols to score.
The Tigers, who beat the Mariners in 14 innings on Wednesday at Seattle, got on the board in the second after a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta and a one-out single by Omar Infante. Wilson had his foot on the rubber, waiting for Jackson to get back in the batter’s box, when the ball fell out of his glove and he was charged with a balk.
Jackson then hit a fielder’s choice grounder that scored Peralta.