Detroit at Anaheim

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Angels 11, Tigers 6

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs with his bat, and took four away with his glove.

Matthews broke out of an 0-for-19 drought with a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring double after robbing Craig Monroe of a grand slam in the first inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers 11-6 Friday night in a matchup of division leaders.

Jered Weaver (7-5) won for the first time in five starts since beating the Dodgers on June 16. The right-hander pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and a season-high 11 hits -- including solo homers by Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson.

"I didn't think I was going to be able to work my way out of that first inning, but Gary Matthews made a great play and pumped up the whole team," Weaver said. "That was a momentum changer for me and the whole team. The game could have been a lot different if he didn't make that play. He's fun to watch out there."

Matthews pulled back Monroe's grand slam bid after the Tigers scratched out two runs. Magglio Ordonez fouled off a pitch with the bases loaded and Mike Napoli was called for catcher's interference, allowing Granderson to score. The second run came in on Carlos Guillen's RBI single.

"It looked like we were going to get a six spot, but we got a two spot," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We were staying after Weaver pretty good. We had a lot of bright spots, offensively. We outhit them, we outhomered them, but we got beat. I would have liked to win 12-11, but if you give up 11, you're supposed to get beat."

The game featured four of the top seven hitters in the AL by average -- Ordonez, Polanco, Vladimir Guerrero and Angels teammate Chone Figgins, who was 4-for-5 and raised his average to .333.

Nate Robertson (6-8) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. The left-hander retired only two of his first 13 batters -- one on a sacrifice bunt -- but got a couple of extra outs thanks to baserunning blunders by Garret Anderson and Orlando Cabrera. Robertson is 0-4 with an 8.91 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles broke it open in the seventh against Chad Durbin with Matthews' RBI single and a two-run double by Maicer Izturis. The 11 runs by the Angels equaled the combined total they scored in Weaver's previous five outings.

Los Angeles extended its margin to 8-2 in the second with RBI singles by Guerrero and Matthews. But Robertson held them to one hit over the next 3 2/3 innings -- striking out the side in the fifth -- while his teammates started to chip away at the Angels' lead and get within 8-6.

"Nate caused himself some problems, but he did a heck of a heck of a job to save our pen," Leyland said. "Obviously, it was in a losing cause, but Nate showed me a lot -- hanging in the way he did and shutting them down. It could have been a disaster for our bullpen. That was a real important performance after the first couple of innings."

Granderson homered in the fourth, his 16th of the season and 14th with the bases empty. The Tigers narrowed the gap to 8-5 in the fifth with Sean Casey's RBI single and Monroe's sacrifice fly. Polanco made it a two-run deficit in the sixth with a one-out homer that chased Weaver.

Polanco was 5-for-5, bumping his average to .340 and tying a career high for hits. The first-time All-Star entered the game as the hardest player in the majors to strike out - fanning once every 22.4 at-bats.

"He just hits everything and never strikes out, so you have to locate all your pitches to that guy," Weaver said. "He's a little guy, but he toes up there and battles. He's a great hitter and has a great approach."

The Angels, inspired by Matthews' fielding gem on Monroe, scored six in the first - including RBI doubles by Figgins, Matthews and Izturis. Napoli, who drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder, strained his right hamstring stealing second base during the rally and had to leave the game.

The six runs represented the Angels' most productive first inning since April 29, 1999, when Andy Sheets' grand slam capped a seven-run uprising against Toronto's Roy Halladay in a 17-1 rout at Anaheim.


The Tigers placed RHP Zach Miner on the bereavement list due to a family emergency and recalled RHP Jose Cappelan from Triple-A Toledo, but his plane was delayed. ... Tigers DH Gary Sheffield was back in the lineup after missing two games because of a sore shoulder. He went 0-for-4 with a walk. ... Tigers RHP Fernando Rodney, sidelined since June 24 with tendinitis in his shoulder, began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. He pitched one hitless inning against Pawtucket with two strikeouts and a walk.
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Players of the Game

C. Figgins
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

P. Polanco
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5221011 .302
Placido Polanco, 2B5251000 .340
Gary Sheffield, DH4000114 .294
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111012 .354
Carlos Guillen, SS5131000 .314
Ivan Rodriguez, C5010025 .284
Sean Casey, 1B5021005 .296
Craig Monroe, LF4001015 .219
Brandon Inge, 3B4010011 .248
2B - Placido Polanco (24, Jer. Weaver), Carlos Guillen (21, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Curtis Granderson (16, Jer. Weaver), Placido Polanco (5, Jer. Weaver)
SF - Craig Monroe (5)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (52), Placido Polanco (45), Magglio Ordonez (85), Carlos Guillen (70), Sean Casey (38), Craig Monroe (50)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (24)
SB - Curtis Granderson (12, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Napoli)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,6-8) 5.21088260 5.08
Chad Durbin 1.1333110 4.45
Macay McBride 1000000 3.96
IBB - G. Anderson by Chad Durbin
HBP - Willits (by Nate Robertson)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 110-67, Chad Durbin 21-12, Macay McBride 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 5-5, Chad Durbin 2-1, Macay McBride 3-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 29, Chad Durbin 8, Macay McBride 3
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF4100022 .300
Chone Figgins, 3B5241000 .333
Orlando Cabrera, SS3000102 .308
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4211111 .326
Robb Quinlan, 1B3111002 .264
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH-1B1110000 .297
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4233010 .273
Garret Anderson, DH3111111 .302
Mike Napoli, C1001000 .253
    Jeff Mathis, PR-C3100022 .095
Maicer Izturis, 2B4023000 .263
a-doubled for Quinlan in the 7th
2B - Chone Figgins 2 (16, Robertson, Robertson), Casey Kotchman (20, Durbin), Gary Matthews Jr. (19, Robertson), Maicer Izturis 2 (11, Robertson, Durbin)
SH - Orlando Cabrera (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins (35), Vladimir Guerrero (80), Robb Quinlan (19), Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (52), Garret Anderson (23), Mike Napoli (31), Maicer Izturis 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (19), Maicer Izturis 3 (11)
SB - Mike Napoli (5, 2nd base off Robertson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
E - Mike Napoli (7, Interference)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,7-5) 5.11166132 3.68
Justin Speier (H,11) 1.2100020 1.88
Scot Shields 1200020 2.36
Darren Oliver 1100000 4.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 100-65, Justin Speier 28-19, Scot Shields 22-15, Darren Oliver 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-8, Scot Shields 1-0, Darren Oliver 3-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 29, Justin Speier 6, Scot Shields 5, Darren Oliver 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44042
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Brian Gorman