DETROIT -- Alexis Gomez has tried to make the most of his infrequent opportunities this season.
"When you don't play every day, when you get the chance you can try to do too much," he said. "You just have to take the at-bat slowly, see the ball and put the ball in play."
Brandon Inge homered to tie the score in the sixth, then walked with one out in the eighth against former Tiger Jeff Weaver (1-4). Inge advanced to second when he beat the throw on Ramon Santiago's grounder to second baseman Adam Kennedy.
"He runs well," Kennedy said. "I was over in the hole. I could have rushed it a little bit, but I wanted to make sure I made the play."
Scot Shields relieved and, with two outs, Gomez singled to center.
"It was a fastball away that didn't get the movement I usually get," Shields said. "He went down and got it."
It was the first hit by a left-handed hitter in 20 at-bats this year against the right-handed Shields.
Joel Zumaya (1-0) got his first major league win, throwing six pitches and retiring Orlando Cabrera and Garret Anderson on flyouts. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his fifth save, completing a four-hitter.
Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. He has allowed one run in his last three starts, a span of 21 1/3 innings.
"He kept the ball down and used all his pitches," Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. "Our whole pitching staff is doing an excellent job."
Detroit has the best ERA in the AL at 3.01, and the Tigers have allowed just five runs in their past six games. At 19-9, the Tigers are off to their best start since going 24-4 in 1984 en route to their last World Series title.
The Angels have lost six straight games for the first time since April 8-13, 2002 -- they rebounded from a 3-8 start that year to win their only World Series championship.
Weaver dropped to 1-2 against the Tigers, giving up five hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two. He pitched for Detroit from 1999 to 2002.
"He was outstanding," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He had his breaking ball going good. He pitched a whale of a game, and so did Nate."
After Inge's sixth homer, Santiago tripled and Curtis Granderson walked, but Weaver got out of the inning when Gomez popped out and Rodriguez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
|Brandon Inge gets a high-five from Ivan Rodriguez after scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||3||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Tim Salmon, DH||2||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Robb Quinlan, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Howie Kendrick, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Jose Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|SF - Vladimir Guerrero ()|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero ()|
|SB - Chone Figgins (, 2nd base off Robertson/Rodriguez), Orlando Cabrera (, 2nd base off Robertson/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Chone Figgins 1|
|DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Kendrick, Figgins-Kennedy-Kendrick|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Jeff Weaver (L,-)||7.1||5||2||2||2||4||1|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 113-74, Scot Shields 15-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 7-9|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Scot Shields 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2|
|Alexis Gomez, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||3|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Craig Monroe, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||2||2||1||1||1||0||0|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|3B - Ramon Santiago (, Weaver)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (, Weaver)|
|RBI - Alexis Gomez (), Brandon Inge ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Alexis Gomez ()|
|PK - Curtis Granderson (, Weaver)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Guillen-Santiago-Shelton|
|E - Brandon Inge (, misplayed grounder)|
|Joel Zumaya (W,-)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fernando Rodney (S,)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|HBP - Salmon (by Fernando Rodney)|
|WP - Nate Robertson ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 86-57, Joel Zumaya 6-5, Fernando Rodney 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-7, Fernando Rodney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 28, Joel Zumaya 2, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Attendance - 17171|
|Game Time - 2:20|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf|