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The Detroit Tigers didn't seem to mind.
The unheralded rookie tired in the seventh, but was still effective enough to help the Tigers to a 6-4 victory. Galarraga is only in Detroit because of the injury to Dontrelle Willis, but he has gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his three starts.
"I really didn't know what to expect from him when we had to bring him up, but he's been very good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "This is probably the best he's been yet. He was certainly good enough to win the game."
Galarraga ended up allowing three runs -- one earned -- on three hits and two walks in six-plus innings.
"I didn't think about a no-hitter -- that would have been crazy," he said. "I just felt really good after the first inning."
The 26-year-old had only made three major league appearances before this season, all last year with Texas, and never expected to be a part of the Tigers rotation in April.
"I thought I could make it up here, but I didn't think it would be this fast," he said. "I know I can do this, but it is a lot easier pitching with this offense and with Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate."
"The thing that has pleased me the most in the last couple days is that we've gotten good enough pitching that we haven't had to overuse our bullpen," Leyland said. "Today, we got to go with Bautista and Jones, which is what we've planned all along."
The Tigers might get even better news Sunday. If Carlos Guillen can return from a bruised knee, they could put their top lineup on the field for the first time this season.
"We're getting close," Leyland said. "We'll manage either way."
Detroit went ahead in the first on Magglio Ordonez's RBI double, then increased the lead to 3-0 on Placido Polanco's two-run single in the fifth.
The Angels had loaded the bases in the first on two walks and an error, but didn't get a hit until Vladimir Guerrero's triple with two out in the sixth.
"He had a great slider, and he did his job," Torii Hunter said of Galarraga. "It was tough, because we had never seen him before."
Hunter bunted to start the seventh, and Galarraga fielded the hit but threw the ball into the stands for a two-base error, his only big mistake. Garret Anderson followed with a single, bringing Leyland out of the Tigers dugout.
Leyland left the rookie in, but Maicer Izturis chased him with a two-run double to left-center. Aquilino Lopez (2-0) then retired the next two hitters before Chone Figgins tied the score with a single to left.
"The one thing I found out is that when this kid loses it, he loses it in a hurry," Leyland said. "The biggest thing that hurt him was the fielding. He had Hunter by 10 or 15 feet, but he threw it away."
The Tigers, though, took back the lead in the bottom of the seventh off Los Angeles reliever Darren O'Day (0-1). Curtis Granderson tripled with one out, and the Angels intentionally walked Polanco. Gary Sheffield followed with a chopper over the mound, but Izturis's flip to second went into center field for an error that allowed Granderson to score.
"We had a couple bad breaks that cost us," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "You can't give that team any extra outs."
Ordonez followed with an RBI double to make it 5-3, and Jacque Jones brought home another run with a sacrifice fly.
Guerrero led off the eighth with a double -- his 2,000th career hit -- and scored when Hunter hit into a double play.
"He's got a lot more hits coming," Scioscia said. "This is a milestone, but it just validates what talent the man possesses."
|Placido Polanco's two-run single helps the Tigers edge the Angels. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.327|
|Gary Matthews Jr., DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.250|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.295|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.329|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.235|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.188|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.325|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.333|
|2B - Vladimir Guerrero (6, D. Bautista), Maicer Izturis (3, Galarraga)|
|3B - Vladimir Guerrero (1, Galarraga)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (6), Maicer Izturis 2 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Maicer Izturis (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Darren O'Day (L,0-1)||2||4||3||1||2||2||0||2.35|
|IBB - Polanco by Darren O'Day, by Cabrera|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 92-55, Darren O'Day 34-22, Rich Thompson 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 3-6, Darren O'Day 3-2, Rich Thompson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 22, Darren O'Day 13, Rich Thompson 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||2||2||0||0||1||1||.353|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||2||2||2||1||0||0||.185|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||4||1||0||1||0||1||1||.169|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.290|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||0||1||.270|
|Jacque Jones, LF||2||0||0||1||1||1||1||.203|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.330|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.256|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.268|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (1, Moseley), Magglio Ordonez 2 (7, Moseley, O'Day)|
|3B - Curtis Granderson (1, O'Day)|
|SF - Jacque Jones (2)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (6), Gary Sheffield (3), Magglio Ordonez 2 (17), Jacque Jones (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez (10)|
|SB - Placido Polanco (1, 2nd base off Moseley/Mathis)|
|CS - Brandon Inge (1, 2nd base by Moseley/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Inge-Polanco-Cabrera|
|E - Armando Galarraga (1, Throwing), Edgar Renteria (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Aquilino Lopez (BS,1; W,2-0)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.49|
|Denny Bautista (H,3)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||1.59|
|Todd Jones (S,4)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 78-50, Aquilino Lopez 15-10, Denny Bautista 7-5, Todd Jones 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 15-2, Aquilino Lopez 2-0, Denny Bautista 1-1, Todd Jones 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 25, Aquilino Lopez 4, Denny Bautista 4, Todd Jones 4|
|Attendance - 42068|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz|