Error Stings Tigers

By: AP
By: AP

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Detroit closer Todd Jones' throwing error led to the winning run for the Los Angeles Angels, who blew a seven-run lead and still came away with a 9-8 victory in 10 innings Tuesday.

In a wild game that had both closers blowing save opportunities, the Angels made the last rally.

Kendry Morales led off the 10th with a chopping single off the plate that Jones (0-1) fielded before firing wildly past first base. Reggie Willits pinch-ran for Morales at second and Maicer Izturis was intentionally walked.

Jose Molina advanced the runners a sacrifice bunt, and the Tigers pulled the infield in. Second baseman Placido Polanco charged Erick Aybar's slow bouncer and threw high to the plate, allowing Willits to slide across with the winning run.

Dustin Moseley (2-0) got the final out in the 10th for the Angels.

Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer against All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez with one out in the ninth inning, completing the Tigers' comeback from a 7-0 deficit and putting the defending AL champs up 8-7.

It was the third time in the last five games that the Angels staked their starting pitcher to a 7-0 lead. As with those other games, Los Angeles still needed Rodriguez to close it out. Only this time, he failed.

Rodriguez relieved Scot Shields in the eighth inning with two outs and two on and walked Polanco with the bases loaded to bring Detroit within a run.

Gary Sheffield doubled with one out in the ninth and stole third on the next pitch. Ordonez worked the count to 2-2 before driving K-Rod's 32nd pitch of the game into the second tier of the left field bullpen. The blown save was Rodriguez's first in seven attempts.

Jones, who turned 39 years old on Tuesday, fared no better than Rodriguez. He gave up a one-out double in the ninth to Vladimir Guerrero and allowed the tying run to score on a two-out wild pitch. The blown save was Jones' second in nine attempts.

Angels starter Kelvim Escobar allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list. He struck out six and walked two. The right-hander had been sidelined since April 9 with irritation in his shoulder.

Jeremy Bonderman allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in six innings while striking out eight for the Tigers.

The Tigers chased Escobar in the sixth with three runs, including a two-run single by Ivan Rodriguez that sliced the Angels' lead to 7-4. Curtis Granderson got the Tigers a run closer in the seventh with a solo homer off Justin Speier.

Orlando Cabrera doubled home a run in the first and scored one out later when shortstop Carlos Guillen booted Casey Kotchman's grounder. Morales followed with an easy comebacker, but Bonderman's throw to second base caromed off Guillen's glove and into right field as Guerrero scored. Izturis capped the rally with an RBI single.

The Angels made it 6-0 in the second with Guerrero's two-run single. Cabrera added an RBI single in the third for a 7-0 cushion.

Detroit scored its first run in the fourth on an RBI single by Ordonez.


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