Tigers 8, Angels 6
On this night, Quintin Berry was the best rookie on the
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.
”No, man. That dude’s ridiculous,” Berry said. ”If you all
are expecting that, you all can relax. That dude’s fun to
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.
Brennan Boesch followed with a two-run homer to make it 7-5. The
Tigers have won 11 of 15 and are within 2 1/2 games of the
first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
”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.
Octavio Dotel (3-2) got the win in relief. Joaquin Benoit worked
the eighth and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 17th save in
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
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
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first when Austin Jackson reached
on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar and eventually scored on
In the second, Trumbo hit a deep flyball that Jackson caught at
the wall in left-center in perhaps the deepest part of spacious
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
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.
NOTES: Detroit OF Andy Dirks (right Achilles tendinitis) was in
the clubhouse before the game and was upbeat about his progress.
”I went down to Florida for a week, worked down there and it’s
showing signs of good improvement. I’m moving around pretty good. I
can run on it pretty good, hitting’s fine,” he said. ”This is the
best it’s felt in a long time, right now.” … Jackson has scored
a run in 13 straight games. … The Tigers optioned RHP Luis Marte
to Triple-A Toledo and will recall RHP Jacob Turner (0-0) on
Tuesday to start against the Angels that night. Los Angeles has not
officially named a starting pitcher.