Detroit at Anaheim

Final 12th
L.A. Angels
W: K. Escobar (3-2) L: V. Darensbourg (1-1)
HR: DET - C. Shelton (14), P. Polanco (8), C. Pena (13)   ANA - None

Angels 7, Tigers 6 (12)

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If the Los Angeles Angels expect to win their second consecutive AL West title, they will need contributions from everyone -- from MVP Vladimir Guerrero right down to the last guy on the bench. That's where Robb Quinlan can be found.

Quinlan singled past a drawn-in infield as a pinch hitter in the 12th inning with the bases loaded, giving the Angels a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night and sole possession of the division lead by one game over Oakland.

Chris Shelton, Placido Polanco and Carlos Pena accounted for all of Detroit's runs with homers against John Lackey, who had allowed only two home runs in his previous 17 starts -- and none in nine consecutive starts at Angel Stadium.

"I think it's a huge positive for us, because we haven't won too many games lately when the starting pitcher hasn't done well," said Lackey, who allowed six runs, seven hits and no walks in seven innings. "The offense really picked me up tonight."

Guerrero led off the 12th with a single and took second when Vic Darensbourg (1-1) fielded Darin Erstad's sacrifice bunt and pulled Shelton off first base with his throw. The runners advanced on Bengie Molina's bunt, and Maicer Izturis was intentionally walked before Quinlan, batting for Jeff DaVanon, singled sharply to left.

"I was just looking for something up early in the count and I got a little slider up in the zone," Quinlan said. "I was thinking of trying to drive it to the outfield and it got a tad in on me, but I got the job done. I was stretching six different times during the game, but you never know when an opportunity like that is going to come."

Quinlan's clutch hit raised his average to .221. He has played in just 46 games and has 12 RBI. Last season he set an Angels rookie record with a 21-game hitting streak, but got off to a miserable start this season, was sent to the minors and then spent almost two months on the disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck -- along with inflammation in his left shoulder.

"I was hurt, but that doesn't account for the first part of the season when I wasn't playing that good," Quinlan said. "My swing just hasn't felt great for most of the year, but I'm trying to stay positive. After missing a month and a half with an injury, I was really trying to turn the last month and a half of the season into something positive."

Kelvim Escobar (3-2) allowed one hit over three innings for his first victory as a reliever since joining the Angels. It was his fourth appearance since coming off the disabled list.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched a shaky ninth, striking out Brandon Inge on three pitches with the bases loaded after giving up a two-out single and a pair of walks. He then struck out the side in the 10th.

"We had a lot of guys in our 'pen step up," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Kelvim just shined the whole night. That's one of the big reasons why we have him for depth down there, and tonight it certainly paid off."

Detroit starter Jason Johnson allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, handing a 6-4 lead to reliever Franklyn German.

German allowed the Angels to tie it in the seventh with a run-scoring groundout by Garret Anderson and an RBI single by Guerrero. The reigning AL MVP, who jammed his left shoulder diving for a ball in right field on Thursday night, was 3-for-6 as the DH.

Shelton hit a two-run homer in the first inning, the first off Lackey at Anaheim in 87 2-3 innings since Ronnie Belliard's on May 9.

"I can't explain it," Inge said. "I thought we hit Lackey really well. I know he's been pitching well lately."

Lackey retired 15 consecutive batters before Polanco homered off the left-field pole in the sixth. Four batters later, Pena's three-run homer put Detroit ahead 6-4.

"I just left a few pitches up," Lackey said. "The first one was a fastball I didn't quite get in enough. The second one I was behind in the count and I just wanted to throw a strike. Then I hung a changeup on the last one."


Tigers injured closer Troy Percival found out from Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum that he won't need surgery on his right elbow, which likely would have forced him to retire at age 36. ... Figgins, who scored on Anderson's groundout during a three-run fifth, became the first player in the Angels' 45-year history to score 100 runs and steal 50 bases in the same season. They are 126-53 when Figgins has scored a run since the start of the 2002 season. ... The Tigers have hit six homers in the first two games of the series, after getting only four in 201 at-bats during the first six meetings this season back in May. ... Detroit RHP Fernando Rodney, who returned to the club Friday from Lakeland, Fla., following the birth of his son, retired Orlando Cabrera on a line drive to shortstop to strand a runner at third base in the eighth. ... Polanco, the Tigers' leadoff hitter, is batting .341 in 73 games since joining the Tigers on June 8 in a trade that sent Ugueth Urbina and Ramon Martinez to Philadelphia. ... Anderson hit his 400th career double in the fourth, but was out at the plate trying to advance two bases on Molina's infield single.

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Players of the Game

R. Quinlan
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0

C. Pena
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Franklyn German (BS,2) 0.1222100 3.61
Jamie Walker 0.1000000 3.45
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Fernando Rodney 1.1100000 2.17
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Attendance - 43144
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Lazaro Diaz