LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tony Giarratano can't remember ever saving a
baseball as a souvenir. This one, he's going to keep.
"I might have kept a ball in Little League or something. I
don't remember. But I've got this one," said Giarratano, who came
into the game in the fifth inning to replace the injured Carlos
Although he obviously was excited about his first big league
homer, the 22-year-old rookie was modest.
"I don't feel like I have much power. I'm more of a line drive
hitter. I was just trying to get on base," said Giarratano, who
had only 11 homers in 726 minor league at-bats before making his
major league debut last Wednesday.
He added, "But I was happy to help. That got us going in that
The homer against the Dodgers was his fourth hit in 15 major
"His home run was the spark," Detroit manager Alan Trammell
said. "And we needed it."
Dmitri Young and Ivan Rodriguez also hit solo shots as the
Tigers ended a three-game losing streak and halted the Dodgers'
winning streak at three games. It also was Detroit's first victory
in five interleague contests against them.
Guillen, the major league's third-leading hitter, left after
straining his left hamstring as he ran between third and home in
the fifth inning. He was thrown out easily as he limped to the
plate trying to score from second on Young's single.
The Tigers' shortstop is day to day, and he said, "It's not
real bad. We'll see tomorrow."
Giarratano greeted Duaner Sanchez with a drive into the seats in
right to put Detroit ahead 5-4. Young followed with his 11th home
run, deep into the pavilion in right-center.
Rodriguez hit his fifth homer in the sixth off beleaguered Scott
Erickson, making his third appearance out of the bullpen since
losing his starting job. Later in the inning, pinch-hitter Chris
Shelton's RBI groundout evened the game at 4.
Detroit's Chris Spurling (2-0) pitched a perfect sixth inning to
get the win.
Sanchez (1-2) gave up four runs in his one inning.
"We felt we were in a good position going into the seventh,"
Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "But they got to Duaner
"He's a guy who's been good for us much of the season, and he
had a very, very bad seventh inning."
Robertson gave up four runs on five hits in five innings, with
three strikeouts and four walks.
Los Angeles rookie Derek Thompson was impressive again in his
third major league start. The 24-year-old left-hander went five
innings for the third time in a row, allowing two runs on six hits.
He struck out two and walked three.
Los Angeles had swept the Tigers in their first interleague
series, in Detroit in 2003, and beaten them 5-3 in the opener of
their three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
The Tigers took high school OF Cameron Maybin (.662, 15
HRs, 66 runs scored) with their first pick, the 10th overall in
Tuesday's draft. Maybin, from T.C. Roberson High School in
Asheville, N.C., was the state's high school player of the year for
the second time. ... Los Angeles GM Paul DePodesta said the club is
close to an agreement on a contract extension with RHP Brad Penny,
who could become a free agent after this season. ... Los Angeles OF
Ricky Ledee was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained
left hamstring, retroactive to June 5. OF Jason Grabowski, who had
been sidelined by a sore right shoulder since May 17, was