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DETROIT -- On this night, Quintin Berry was the best rookie on the field.
The Detroit outfielder had three hits, two stolen bases and scored twice, helping the Tigers rally to an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Berry even outplayed Mike Trout -- but don't expect him to push the Los Angeles phenom in the Rookie of the Year race.
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"No, man. That dude's ridiculous," Berry said. "If you all are expecting that, you all can relax. That dude's fun to watch."
Berry has also become a fan favorite after joining the Tigers this year as a virtual unknown. He's hitting .297 and provides some extra speed for a lineup that doesn't have too much of it. Berry scored the tying run in the seventh, stealing second and third before Delmon Young's sacrifice fly.
"Different people can contribute, one through nine," Boesch said. "I think that's what you need to have success, especially in the American League, with a lot of potent lineups. I think we're definitely one of the teams that runs out a lineup that has a lot of depth, and recently it's showed."
The Angels led 5-2 after a four-run fifth, but the Tigers chipped away, scoring two runs in the bottom of that inning and three more in the seventh. Boesch's homer off reliever LaTroy Hawkins (2-2) broke a 5-all tie.
The Angels got Albert Pujols to the plate as the tying run against Valverde in the ninth, but he flied out to center to end it. Torii Hunter had four hits and drove in three runs for Los Angeles, and Mark Trumbo hit his 25th homer of the season.
Ervin Santana allowed four runs -- two earned -- in six innings, but the Angels couldn't hold on. Berry led off the Detroit seventh with a single off reliever Hisanori Takahashi. Hawkins then came on and, after Berry stole second, got Miguel Cabrera to ground out.
Los Angeles then walked Prince Fielder intentionally, but Berry stole third and was able to score on Young's flyball. Boesch's ninth homer of the year put the Tigers ahead.
Trumbo led off the eighth with a homer, but Berry's RBI single in the bottom half made it 8-6.
"He gives them a different dimension to their offense," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got the speed to make plays, and he's obviously in a great spot in the order with Cabrera and Prince coming up behind him. ... You can see the things that Berry brings to that team, and a lot of those things helped them win the game tonight."
In the second, Trumbo hit a deep flyball that Jackson caught at the wall in left-center in perhaps the deepest part of spacious Comerica Park.
Hunter ended the bottom half with a terrific catch at the wall in right, robbing Berry of a potential extra-base hit and then throwing back to first to double off Jackson.
Hunter then tied it with an RBI double in the third.
The Tigers scored another unearned run in the fourth. With men on first and second, Boesch hit a comebacker and Hawkins threw wildly to second for an error, allowing Fielder to come around and score.
That lead was short-lived. Trout -- the spectacular Los Angeles center fielder -- tied it with an RBI single in the fifth, Hunter followed with a two-run double and Pujols made it 5-2 with a double of his own that brought home another run.
|Tigers closer Jose Valverde celebrates his17th save, holding off the Angels in a wild one at Comerica Park. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||1||1||1||1||2||2||.348|
|Torii Hunter, RF||5||1||4||3||0||1||0||.276|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||0||4||.272|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.281|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.309|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.273|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.230|
|John Hester, C||2||2||1||0||1||0||0||.225|
|a- Alberto Callaspo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|a-grounded out for Hester in the 9th|
|2B - Torii Hunter 2 (9, Porcello, Porcello), Albert Pujols (23, Porcello), Maicer Izturis (7, Porcello)|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (25, Benoit)|
|RBI - Mike Trout (42), Torii Hunter 3 (38), Albert Pujols (54), Mark Trumbo (62)|
|2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (16)|
|SB - Erick Aybar 2 (7, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1|
|DP - Hunter-Pujols, Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols|
|E - Erick Aybar (9, Throwing), Ervin Santana (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|LaTroy Hawkins (BS,1; L,2-2)||1||1||2||2||1||1||1||2.05|
|IBB - Fielder by LaTroy Hawkins|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 97-59, Hisanori Takahashi 2-2, LaTroy Hawkins 23-12, David Carpenter 27-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, David Carpenter 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, Hisanori Takahashi 1, LaTroy Hawkins 5, David Carpenter 7|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.322|
|Quintin Berry, LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||2||.297|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||0||1||2||0||1||.327|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||2||2||1||2||0||3||.304|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||2||2||0||1||4||.274|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.249|
|Don Kelly, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.267|
|Alex Avila, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.244|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.222|
|HR - Brennan Boesch (9, Hawkins)|
|SF - Delmon Young (4)|
|RBI - Quintin Berry (18), Miguel Cabrera (74), Prince Fielder (65), Delmon Young 2 (39), Brennan Boesch 2 (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (22), Delmon Young (17), Brennan Boesch 2 (14)|
|SB - Austin Jackson (8, 2nd base off Santana/Hester), Quintin Berry 2 (14, 2nd base off Hawkins/Hester, 3rd base off Hawkins/Hester)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Peralta-Fielder, Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder, Santiago-Peralta-Fielder|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (9, Throwing), Rick Porcello (4, Throwing)|
|Octavio Dotel (W,3-2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.52|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,21)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||3.00|
|Jose Valverde (S,17)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.96|
|HBP - Aybar (by Rick Porcello)|
|WP - Rick Porcello (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 89-59, Octavio Dotel 8-7, Joaquin Benoit 12-9, Jose Valverde 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 7-3, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Octavio Dotel 4, Joaquin Benoit 4, Jose Valverde 4|
|Attendance - 36806|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West|