Los Angeles at Detroit

Porcello's pitching, Angels' errors help Tigers win series

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DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler took off toward second base and kept on going.

By the time the Los Angeles Angels finished throwing the ball all over Comerica Park, Kinsler had scored one of the wackiest runs he has ever been a part of.

"It was an unusual play," Kinsler said. "I've never seen it before."

Kinsler scored in the first inning when the Angels made three errors on one play, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Sunday. The Angels made another error in the sixth, helping Detroit score its second run.

Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings for the Tigers.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, then let the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the inning in slapstick fashion.

Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into center field. Kinsler went to third, and when center fielder Mike Trout's throw back to the infield went past the second baseman and shortstop, the Detroit runner tried to score.

It looked as if the Angels would have a play on Kinsler, but pitcher Hector Santiago picked up the ball near the mound and threw wildly to the plate. Kinsler scored and Cabrera went to second.

"I'm not sure I would have wanted him to go home," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "But it worked out for us today, and I've said this on a number of occasions when baserunning mistakes have cost us a baserunner: I'd rather they err on the side of being aggressive."

Conger, Trout and Santiago were all charged with errors on the play.

"That was a lot happening on one play, and it was obviously a strange one. We thought we had Cabrera struck out, and all of a sudden they had a run in and a runner on second base," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, a former catcher. "When you are a catcher, you can't wait for the ump to make the call on that pitch. You know where the ball was, and you know what the call should be. Hank thought it was strike three, and he's following through with the throw. After that, things didn't go well."

In the sixth, Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. It was his second error of the game, and Jackson went to second.

Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1.

Porcello (2-1) allowed a run and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Three relievers finished, with Joe Nathan pitching the ninth for his third save in five chances.

Santiago (0-3) allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

Santiago threw 119 pitches and was wild throughout, but the Tigers never really solved him. He was lifted after walking Jackson with two outs in the sixth. Reliever Kevin Jepsen came in and was victimized by Conger's error and Castellanos' single.

Porcello was pitching exactly one year after allowing nine runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Angels -- and he also gave up seven runs to Los Angeles in a start last June.

On Sunday, he allowed three straight singles in the first inning but kept the Angels quiet after that. Albert Pujols hit a first-inning single but remains at 498 home runs as Los Angeles heads to Washington to play a three-game series against the Nationals.

Trout, who struck out four times Saturday, went hitless Sunday and grounded out with the tying run on second in the eighth.


The last time a team made three errors on one play was on April 16, 2007, according to STATS. Baltimore made three errors on one play in the third inning against Tampa Bay. ... Kendrick had three hits. ... Rajai Davis and Alex Avila struck out three times each for Detroit. ... The Tigers begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) faces Chicago LHP John Danks (1-0). Los Angeles RHP Garrett Richards (2-0) starts against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (1-0).

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With Mike Trout bearing down on him, Ian Kinsler successfully turns a double play in the sixth inning.  (USATSI)
With Mike Trout bearing down on him, Ian Kinsler successfully turns a double play in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
J.B. Shuck, LF4000001 .171
Mike Trout, CF3000111 .307
Albert Pujols, 1B4110001 .280
Ian Stewart, 3B4010020 .250
Howie Kendrick, 2B4031000 .289
David Freese, DH3000023 .143
   a-Raul Ibanez, PH-DH1000011 .148
Hank Conger, C3000000 .250
Brennan Boesch, RF2010000 .250
   b-Collin Cowgill, PH-RF1010000 .368
Erick Aybar, SS3000002 .175
Hector Santiago, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Freese in the 9th
b-singled for Boesch in the 8th
2B - Brennan Boesch (1, Porcello)
RBI - Howie Kendrick (12)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (6)
CS - Howie Kendrick (2, 2nd base by Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Kendrick-Pujols
E - Hank Conger 2 (2, Throwing), Hector Santiago (1, Throwing), Mike Trout (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Hector Santiago (L,0-3) 5.2220570 3.68
Kevin Jepsen 0.1100010 7.11
Michael Kohn 1100110 1.86
Joe Smith 1100010 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 119-62, Kevin Jepsen 12-7, Michael Kohn 19-12, Joe Smith 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 2-8, Michael Kohn 1-0, Joe Smith 1-1
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 24, Kevin Jepsen 2, Michael Kohn 4, Joe Smith 4
Detroit Tigers
Rajai Davis, LF4000032 .298
Ian Kinsler, 2B2100202 .317
Miguel Cabrera, DH3000123 .220
Victor Martinez, 1B4000001 .308
Torii Hunter, RF4020001 .245
Austin Jackson, CF2100201 .308
Nick Castellanos, 3B4011022 .256
Alex Avila, C3000033 .167
Andrew Romine, SS2020100 .250
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .000
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
   Al Alburquerque, P0000000 .000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000 .000
RBI - Nick Castellanos (8)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Castellanos (4)
SB - Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base off Smith/Conger), Andrew Romine 2 (3, 2nd base off Smith/Conger, 2nd base off Santiago/Conger)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Romine-Kinsler-Martinez
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (W,2-1) 7511140 3.15
Ian Krol (H,4) 0.2100000 3.18
Al Alburquerque (H,2) 0.1000000 4.76
Joe Nathan (S,3) 1100020 7.04
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 103-69, Ian Krol 9-7, Al Alburquerque 2-1, Joe Nathan 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 11-4, Ian Krol 1-1, Al Alburquerque 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 25, Ian Krol 3, Al Alburquerque 1, Joe Nathan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28921
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi