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Pujols sends surging Angels past Tigers in extra innings

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DETROIT -- Albert Pujols got the biggest hit of the game. Jered Weaver delivered the most encouraging performance, as far as the Los Angeles were concerned.

Pujols hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Angels beat Detroit 3-1 on Thursday for their ninth straight victory over the Tigers.

Mike Trout had four hits and was in the middle of the decisive rally for the Angels, who completed a three-game sweep. Weaver pitched seven strong innings in a tight duel with Detroit right-hander Doug Fister.

"Just wanted to concentrate on keeping things simple and keeping the mechanics sound and tried to locate," said Weaver, the staff ace who had struggled since coming off the disabled list.

Making his sixth start since returning from a broken left (non-throwing) elbow, Weaver gave up one run and four hits. He walked two and struck out six.

After the Tigers scored in the second, Weaver allowed only a hit and a walk in his final five innings. He retired his last 13 batters.

"We're confident that he's going to pitch more like he did today than the way he has in a couple of his last starts," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

J.B. Shuck singled leading off the 10th against Phil Coke (0-5) and went to third on Trout's single to right field. Pujols sent a drive to deep center, where Austin Jackson tried to make a difficult catch with his back to home plate.

The ball tipped off the webbing of Jackson's glove, hit the wall and trickled to the ground.

"That ball was crushed," Scioscia said.

After an intentional walk to Howie Kendrick loaded the bases, Josh Hamilton made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly.

"The Pujols pitch wasn't a bad pitch. I think that maybe it wasn't the right pitch in that particular moment," Coke said. "I didn't feel like I made the perfect pitch to him by any means, but the last thing I thought he was going to do is hit it as far as he did. It was away from him. I looked at where (catcher Brayan) Pena was set up and he was going away from Pujols with his glove, going away to receive the ball. He found it with his barrel."

Kevin Jepsen (1-2) worked a scoreless ninth for the win and Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.

Neither team could do much against the starters.

Scott Downs replaced Weaver and set down the leadoff man in the eighth. But Downs then allowed Omar Infante's pinch-hit double and hit Jackson with a pitch. Downs was pulled for Michael Kohn, who struck out former Angel Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, both swinging, to end the inning.

"Having a situation with Torii, as clutch as they come, and then you've got the best hitter in the league up next," Scioscia said. "What he did to get out of that eighth inning was huge."

Fister yielded one run and seven hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out four. After the Angels tied the game in the fourth, he gave up only one hit in his final three innings and didn't allow a runner past second.

"He did a tremendous job. The fact that he was able to contain that offense, that shows that he's a good pitcher," Pena said. "He kept us in the ballgame and he gave us a chance to win the ballgame. That's what you ask. He pitched beautifully."

Fister was relieved by Al Alburquerque, who pitched a scoreless eighth. The Angels got runners to second and third with two outs in the ninth against Joaquin Benoit, but he struck out Erick Aybar swinging at a 3-2 pitch to get out of the jam.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second on Brayan Pena's two-out RBI single. It scored Victor Martinez, who singled with one out and went to second when Jhonny Peralta followed with a single.

Los Angeles tied it in the fourth on three consecutive singles to start the inning. Brad Hawpe's single to right scored Hamilton from third. Alberto Callaspo was thrown out at third by Hunter on the play.

Notes

  • Los Angeles placed RHP Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list. Hanson was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night when he felt tightness in his right forearm while warming up in the bullpen. Scioscia said Hanson (4-2, 5.10 ERA) would have an MRI on Thursday. The team recalled LHP Michael Roth from Double-A Arkansas.
  • Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez, on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder strain, threw to batters before the game.
  • Cabrera is the sixth player since 1920 with 1,200 RBIs and 300 home runs in his first 11 seasons. The others were Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Jeff Bagwell and Pujols.
  • Cabrera went 1 for 4 on Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, which tied a season high.
  • The Tigers begin a three-series road swing this weekend at Tampa Bay. Max Scherzer looks to run his record to 12-0 on Friday night when he faces Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
  • The Angels head for Houston, where Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.36) will oppose Astros RHP Bud Norris (5-7, 3.60).
 
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Albert Pujols hits a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Angels beat Detroit 3-1. (USATSI)
Albert Pujols hits a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Angels beat Detroit 3-1. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

D. Fister
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF5110000 .303
Mike Trout, CF5140000 .316
Albert Pujols, DH4011113 .256
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000113 .317
Josh Hamilton, RF4111010 .215
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4020000 .273
    Mark Trumbo, 1B1000002 .248
Brad Hawpe, 1B2011210 .308
    Brendan Harris, 3B1000002 .214
Hank Conger, C4010021 .253
Erick Aybar, SS4000015 .277
Totals38311347  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (24, Fister), Albert Pujols (18, Coke)
SF - Josh Hamilton (6)
RBI - Albert Pujols (49), Josh Hamilton (28), Brad Hawpe (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Callaspo-Kendrick-Hawpe, Callaspo-Kendrick-Hawpe-Conger-Aybar
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver 7411260 4.15
Scott Downs 0.1100000 1.61
Michael Kohn 0.2000020 1.96
Kevin Jepsen (W,1-2) 1100000 4.58
Ernesto Frieri (S,19) 1100000 3.12
WP - Kevin Jepsen (1)
HBP - Jackson (by Scott Downs)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 102-64, Scott Downs 9-5, Michael Kohn 9-6, Kevin Jepsen 14-9, Ernesto Frieri 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 3-10, Scott Downs 1-0, Ernesto Frieri 1-2
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 25, Scott Downs 3, Michael Kohn 2, Kevin Jepsen 4, Ernesto Frieri 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3000101 .301
Torii Hunter, RF5000014 .301
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4010013 .368
Prince Fielder, 1B4000011 .277
Victor Martinez, DH3110100 .228
Jhonny Peralta, SS4020011 .322
Andy Dirks, LF4000034 .250
Brayan Pena, C4021000 .304
Ramon Santiago, 2B2000012 .157
    Omar Infante, PH-2B2010001 .296
Totals3517128  
a-doubled for Santiago in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (19, Jer. Weaver), Omar Infante (14, Downs)
RBI - Brayan Pena (14)
2-OUT RBI - Brayan Pena (6)
CS - Victor Martinez (1, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Conger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 7711140 3.50
Al Alburquerque 1000110 2.45
Joaquin Benoit 1100120 1.95
Phil Coke (L,0-5) 0.1322100 6.56
Luke Putkonen 0.2000000 1.84
IBB - Kendrick by Phil Coke
WP - Joaquin Benoit (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 111-73, Al Alburquerque 15-8, Joaquin Benoit 29-18, Phil Coke 20-11, Luke Putkonen 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 9-6, Al Alburquerque 1-1, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Luke Putkonen 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 27, Al Alburquerque 4, Joaquin Benoit 5, Phil Coke 5, Luke Putkonen 2
Game Information
Attendance - 39496
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Angel Hernandez