DETROIT (AP) -- The fireworks display outside Comerica Park on
Saturday night wasn't the work of the Los Angeles Angels.
It just seemed that way.
Vladimir Guerrero hit a tying RBI single in the ninth inning as
a jazz festival's show lit up the Detroit skyline and the Angels
scored five runs in the 10th inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2
The Angels pulled within 7½ games of AL West-leading Oakland
with the victory.
"That's a great win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"We've got a big challenge ahead of us, but if we can consistently
do the things we did tonight, we're going to put up some wins."
Todd Jones (2-6) was charged with four runs, two earned, and
four hits in 1 1/3 innings for the Tigers. He did not speak to the
media after the game, preferring to leave before the night's second
fireworks show -- this one at the stadium. He did leave a sign in
"I am not ducking the media. I wanted to beat the fireworks,"
the sign read. "I sucked tonight. I blew the game. It's all my
fault. Thanks, T. Jones."
Chone Figgins' bases-loaded triple keyed the 10th-inning rally.
Juan Rivera started the inning by reaching base on a throwing
error by Tigers shortstop Neifi Perez, who had entered the game in
the ninth after Carlos Guillen pulled a hamstring running the bases.
Darin Erstad sacrificed Rivera to second, and Jones intentionally
walked Adam Kennedy.
Jeff Mathis then blooped a single to center to load the bases,
and Figgins broke an 0-for-18 slump with a liner into the
right-center field gap.
"Things haven't been going well for me lately, so I was happy
to get another opportunity to get a hit tonight," he said. "I was
just pleased I hit it far enough that I could run some bases."
Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of
relief, extending his shutout streak to 23 outings.
The Tigers were one out away from winning in the ninth, but
Izturis reached base on a throwing error by Guillen and moved to
second on an infield single by Cabrera. Vladimir Guerrero then
blooped a tying single off Jones as the fireworks started, ending
his streak of 19 successful save opportunities.
Rivera broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the eighth
but Marcus Thames drove in two runs in the bottom half with a base
hit to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Justin Verlander got a no-decision despite pitching seven
shutout innings for Detroit. Verlander, who threw a career-high 126
pitches, allowed four hits and four walks while striking out six.
"I'm never happy when the team loses, but that's the way
baseball goes," Verlander said. "I kept us in it, and I'm pleased
Angels starter Joe Saunders pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one
run and five hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
"I threw some strikes and got ahead of guys," he said.
"That's the big thing for me."
Los Angeles then left two runners on in both the sixth and
"We had opportunities, but Verlander reached back for an extra
gear," Scioscia said. "Give him credit."
Meanwhile, the Tigers didn't get a runner into scoring position
until the eighth-inning rally.
The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes by rain. ...
The Tigers recalled 1B Chris Shelton from Triple-A Toledo Saturday.
Shelton had one of the best starts of any major league hitter,
batting .326 with 10 homers in April, but slumped during the summer
and was sent to Toledo on July 31. ... Guerrero extended his
hitting streak to a season-best 19 games. ... Saunders matched the
longest outing of his career -- he also pitched 7 1/3 innings in his
major league debut on Aug. 16 last season. ... Tigers manager Jim
Leyland said that he didn't know the extent of Guillen's injury.
"It's high up rather than down in the middle of the leg, which
hopefully is a little bit encouraging. We'll just have to wait and