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Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs, Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman each had two RBI, and Los Angeles completed the three-game sweep with a 13-4 victory Sunday.
"I think we're a good team," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after watching his club get outscored 34-13 in the series. "I think you saw two good teams. One of them was playing good and one of them wasn't. Obviously, the one that was, swept the series and the other one got swept."
This was only the second time in the Angels' 47-year history that they scored at least 10 runs in three consecutive games, and the first time against one opponent. In May 1997, they beat the Mariners 11-9 and 18-3 at Anaheim, and followed with a 12-2 rout at Toronto.
"We've played well at home all year, and I expect us to because we've got a track record now," Matthews said. "Garret's been hot this month now that he's healthy again, and he's really seemed to bring a presence and some balance to the lineup."
Dustin Moseley, making a spot start for the injured Bartolo Colon, threw 87 pitches and came within one out of the required five innings for a victory. The disappointed right-hander was pulled with a 12-2 lead after loading the bases with a walk to Gary Sheffield.
"We had a range for Dustin, as far as pitch count, and he got to the higher end of the range. So that was enough," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We were looking at anywhere from 75 to possible 90 pitches as a last resort -- if he was maintaining his stuff. But he was getting a little fuzzy at the end, so it was time for a change."
Two more runs were charged to Moseley after Craig Monroe greeted Chris Bootcheck (3-2) with a two-run single. It was the only hit allowed by right-hander, who was credited with the victory after pitching 2 1/3 innings.
Jeremy Bonderman (10-3) lost his second start in a row after winning 10 of his previous 11 decisions. He retired only seven of the 20 batters he faced in his shortest outing of the season, surrendering 11 runs -- 10 earned -- and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Angels built a 12-1 lead in the first three innings. They scored four runs in the first on Kotchman's sacrifice fly, a two-run triple by Matthews and an RBI double by Maicer Izturis. Both second-inning runs came in on wild pitches with Anderson at the plate.
The Angels put it away with six runs in the third. Izturis scored when Bonderman fielded Reggie Willits' sacrifice bunt and threw the ball past first base. The right-hander then gave up an RBI single to Chone Figgins and walked Orlando Cabrera before manager Jim Leyland took him out.
"Sometimes you come into a series and you just get your butt whipped," Sheffield said. "The Angels are playing well right now and they're doing all the right things to win ballgames. Regardless of how many they score, we always feel like we're going to come back. But when they keep tacking on, it makes it that much more difficult."
Chad Durbin relieved Bonderman and hit Vladimir Guerrero on the left shoulder with his second pitch, forcing on a run. He immediately received a warning from umpire Ed Montague, who also warned both dugouts. Anderson followed with a two-run single, and Kotchman made it 12-1 with a fielder's choice grounder.
Earlier that inning, Figgins stole second with the Angels leading 9-1. But Leyland didn't feel that the Angels were trying to show up his team, and insisted that Durbin didn't plunk the Guerrero in retaliation.
"I can assure you that we weren't in any way, shape or form throwing at Guerrero," Leyland said. "He's a very aggressive guy and a tremendous hitter. Durbin tried to run the ball in on his hands and it got away and hit him. If I thought Durbin did do it on purpose, I'd have been upset with him. But I know he didn't do it on purpose.
"It looked bad, but nobody on our side had any problem with the Angels running in that situation," Leyland added. "It was the third inning of the ballgame, and we're a pretty good offensive team. So the third inning's awful early to expect them to shut it down."
Detroit maintained its half-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central because of the Indians' 4-1 loss to Minnesota. The Tigers haven't been out of first place since July 5. Cleveland is the only other team to sweep them in a three game series this season. ... The Angels have won 37 of their last 51 meetings with Detroit, and 48 of the last 63 played in Anaheim. ... Curtis Granderson hit his major league-leading 17th triple, the most by a Tigers player since Barney McCoskey's 19 in 1940. No one else has hit more than 14 triples in a season since then. ... Sheffield's fourth-inning single put him one hit shy of 2,500.
|Players of the Game|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.301|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.339|
|a- Mike Hessman, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||3||.250|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.296|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.352|
|Craig Monroe, LF-RF||2||0||1||2||0||1||2||.218|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.314|
|Omar Infante, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Sean Casey, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.292|
|Ryan Raburn, LF-RF^2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.387|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.252|
|a-struck out for Polanco in the 5th|
|2B - Brandon Inge (16, Gwyn)|
|3B - Curtis Granderson (17, Bootcheck)|
|SF - Brandon Inge (3)|
|RBI - Craig Monroe 2 (52), Ivan Rodriguez (49), Brandon Inge (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Craig Monroe 2 (27), Ivan Rodriguez (30)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Infante-Raburn-Casey|
|E - Jeremy Bonderman (3, Throwing)|
|Jeremy Bonderman (L,10-3)||2.1||9||11||10||3||4||0||4.33|
|HBP - Guerrero (by Chad Durbin)|
|WP - Jeremy Bonderman 2 (10), Bobby Seay (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 75-41, Chad Durbin 32-23, Macay McBride 33-19, Todd Jones 6-5, Bobby Seay 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 3-1, Chad Durbin 5-0, Macay McBride 3-1, Todd Jones 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 20, Chad Durbin 8, Macay McBride 8, Todd Jones 3, Bobby Seay 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||3||3||1||0||0||1||.337|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||3||2||1||0||2||1||1||.310|
|Brandon Wood, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||2||1||1||0||1||3||.324|
|Nathan Haynes, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||1||2||1||2||0||.302|
|Robb Quinlan, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.302|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||3||1||1||3||1||1||1||.271|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||.268|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||1||2||0||1||1||2||.250|
|Reggie Willits, DH||3||1||0||0||0||0||5||.302|
|2B - Vladimir Guerrero (33, Bonderman), Casey Kotchman (22, Seay), Maicer Izturis (12, Bonderman)|
|3B - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Bonderman)|
|SF - Casey Kotchman (3), Gary Matthews Jr. (6)|
|SH - Reggie Willits (8)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (37), Vladimir Guerrero (81), Garret Anderson 2 (28), Casey Kotchman 2 (48), Gary Matthews Jr. 3 (55), Maicer Izturis (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (21), Maicer Izturis (12)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (27, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez), Orlando Cabrera (12, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez), Reggie Willits (21, 3rd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chris Bootcheck (W,3-2)||2.1||2||0||0||1||2||0||4.74|
|WP - Dustin Moseley 2 (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 87-55, Chris Bootcheck 41-26, Greg Jones 15-10, Marcus Gwyn 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 4-5, Chris Bootcheck 2-3, Greg Jones 1-2, Marcus Gwyn 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 21, Chris Bootcheck 10, Greg Jones 3, Marcus Gwyn 4|
|Attendance - 44019|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|