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Detroit at Anaheim

Final 10th
L.A. Angels
W: D. Moseley (2-0) L: T. Jones (0-1)
HR: DET - C. Granderson (4), M. Ordonez (3)   ANA - None

Angels blow big lead, still manage to win in 10 innings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels were upset and demoralized about blowing a seven-run lead and watching their All-Star closer surrender a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning.

It didn't take long for their emotions to swing the other way.

A throwing error by reliever Todd Jones led to the winning run for the Angels, who came away with a 9-8, 10-inning victory Tuesday. They also needed a daring bit of baserunning by Vladimir Guerrero in the ninth, when he scored the tying run on a short wild pitch by the Tigers' closer.

"When you jump out in front by seven runs, you obviously expect to win," Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. said. "You never want to see a game like that get away from you. We got the win, just in a different way than we expected. It would have been great to win it in nine, but what's one more inning?"

Kendry Morales led off the 10th with a chopped single off the plate that Jones (0-1) fielded before throwing wildly past first base. Reggie Willits pinch ran for Morales at second, and Maicer Izturis was intentionally walked.

Jose Molina advanced the runners with the Angels' first sacrifice bunt of the season, and the Tigers pulled the infield in. Second baseman Placido Polanco charged Erick Aybar's slow bouncer and threw high to the plate, allowing Willits to slide across with the winning run on the fielder's choice.

"It was good to see some of the younger players like Aybar step up and get a chance to come through in a situation like this and win this game for us," Matthews said.

Dustin Moseley (2-0) got the final out in the 10th for the win.

It was the third time in the last five games that the Angels staked their starting pitcher to a 7-0 lead and needed Francisco Rodriguez in a save situation. Only this time, he failed.

Rodriguez relieved Scot Shields in the eighth with two outs and two on, and walked Polanco with the bases loaded to bring Detroit within a run.

Gary Sheffield doubled with one out in the ninth and stole third on the next pitch. Magglio Ordonez worked the count to 2-2 before driving K-Rod's 32nd pitch of the game into the second tier of the left field bullpen for an 8-7 lead. The blown save was Rodriguez's first in seven attempts.

"You have to try to work him," Sheffield said. "He's an aggressive pitcher, he gets his breaking balls over and he's got the power fastball, so you have to stay on it. And his breaking ball is so good, you just have to pick one or the other."

Jones, who turned 39 Tuesday, gave up a one-out double in the ninth to Guerrero - setting the stage for the right-hander's second blown save in nine attempts.

"Vlad's always aggressive, and you never know what you're going to get from him when he's running the bases," Angels starter Kelvim Escobar said. "Today he was a great decision. That ball didn't get very far from the catcher, but he had a good read and he made it in there safely."

Escobar allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list. The right-hander had been sidelined since April 9 with irritation in his shoulder.

Jeremy Bonderman allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in six innings while striking out eight. He became the first Tigers starter to open a season with five straight no-decisions since Brian Bohanon in 1995.

"I deserved to lose today, but it's fun to be a part of this team because no one ever gives up," Bonderman said. "I'm proud of the guys and how hard they fought to come back from 7-0. I mean, we could have easily given in. It's impressive. We've got some of the best guys in baseball on our team, so it's fun to watch them fight and never give up. It kind of reflects our manager."

Jim Leyland's club chased Escobar in the sixth with three runs, including a two-run single by Ivan Rodriguez that sliced the Angels' lead to 7-4. Curtis Granderson got the Tigers a run closer in the seventh with a solo homer off Justin Speier.

Two fielding errors by shortstop Carlos Guillen led to a pair of unearned runs in the Angels' four-run first, and they made it 6-0 in the second with Guerrero's two-run single. At that point, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez came out to chat with Bonderman.

"I was getting so upset on the mound that I could have been out of the game right there. But Chuck came out and gave me one of the best speeches I ever had on the mound," the right-hander said.

"He challenged me, and it was something I needed. He told me, "Good pitchers find a way to last in games.' So it was nice to be able to stay in there for six innings, keep the score where it was and watch these guys chip away."


  • Bonderman had not allowed an unintentional walk over a span of 31 1/3 innings until he walked Matthews leading off the sixth.
  • CF Tommy Murphy was optioned to the Angels' Triple-A Salt Lake club to make room for Escobar.
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Gary Matthews Jr. thanks Erick Aybar for coming up with the game-winning RBI in the 10th.  (AP)
Gary Matthews Jr. thanks Erick Aybar for coming up with the game-winning RBI in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Ordonez
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6111045 .296
Marcus Thames, LF4210020 .182
    Craig Monroe, LF1000002 .172
Gary Sheffield, DH4210111 .149
Magglio Ordonez, RF3333200 .311
Carlos Guillen, SS-1B5021001 .303
Ivan Rodriguez, C5012023 .282
Sean Casey, 1B5020002 .188
    Omar Infante, PR-SS0000000 .294
Brandon Inge, 3B3000122 .111
Neifi Perez, 2B3000000 .100
   a- Placido Polanco, PH-2B0001200 .358
a-walked for Perez in the 8th
2B - Gary Sheffield (2, Rodriguez), Sean Casey (3, Speier)
HR - Curtis Granderson (4, Speier), Magglio Ordonez (3, Rodriguez)
SH - Brandon Inge (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (11), Magglio Ordonez 3 (17), Carlos Guillen (16), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (15), Placido Polanco (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez 2 (11), Placido Polanco (2)
SB - Gary Sheffield (2, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Guillen-Perez-Casey
E - Carlos Guillen 2 (6, Misplayed grounder), Todd Jones (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman 61175180 3.18
Fernando Rodney 2000030 6.30
Todd Jones (BS,2; L,0-1) 1.1222100 3.38
IBB - Izturis by Todd Jones
WP - Jeremy Bonderman (4), Todd Jones (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 100-66, Fernando Rodney 18-16, Todd Jones 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 7-4, Fernando Rodney 2-1, Todd Jones 3-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 31, Fernando Rodney 6, Todd Jones 8
Los Angeles Angels
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4220111 .269
Orlando Cabrera, SS5232000 .273
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5232022 .403
Garret Anderson, LF5000015 .238
Casey Kotchman, 1B5101021 .254
Kendry Morales, DH5020010 .400
    Reggie Willits, PR-DH0100000 .300
Maicer Izturis, 3B4011102 .266
Jose Molina, C4010032 .214
Erick Aybar, 2B5111013 .269
2B - Orlando Cabrera (8, Bonderman), Vladimir Guerrero (4, T. Jones)
SH - Jose Molina (1)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (8), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (18), Casey Kotchman (7), Maicer Izturis (11), Erick Aybar (3)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (4)
SB - Gary Matthews Jr. (6, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez), Erick Aybar (1, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cabrera-Kotchman, Izturis-Aybar-Kotchman, Cabrera-Aybar-Kotchman
E - Erick Aybar (2, Misplayed grounder), Maicer Izturis (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar 5.2543260 3.71
Justin Speier (H,5) 0.2211011 1.50
Scot Shields (H,4) 1.1111110 5.23
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,1) 1.1222221 4.00
Darren Oliver 0.2100110 11.81
Dustin Moseley (W,2-0) 0.1000000 1.17
IBB - Polanco by Darren Oliver
HBP - Thames (by Justin Speier)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 95-63, Justin Speier 20-13, Scot Shields 19-11, Francisco Rodriguez 40-23, Darren Oliver 10-5, Dustin Moseley 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 9-2, Justin Speier 1-0, Scot Shields 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-0
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 24, Justin Speier 5, Scot Shields 5, Francisco Rodriguez 8, Darren Oliver 4, Dustin Moseley 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36055
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida