Tigers 8, Angels 6

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.

”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.

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

21 chances.

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.”

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first when Austin Jackson reached

on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar and eventually scored on

Cabrera’s groundout.

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.

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.