ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The
' potent lineup gave
Los Angeles Angels
' beleaguered bullpen a hard time.
also went deep and the Tigers used a five-run seventh inning to beat the two-time defending AL West champions 12-10 on Wednesday
''Both teams played a full nine innings, and we were fortunate to be able to come back and get one,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. ''That's a good win for us. Some guys had some real good at-bats.''
(0-2) threw 18 pitches in the seventh without retiring a batter and walked
with the bases loaded to pull Detroit to 8-7.
''That one inning we didn't really hit a ball hard. But when you make a pitcher work so hard to throw strikes, things tend
to go your way,'' Laird said. ''We had a lot of good at-bats, and it seems like Shields didn't have it tonight.''
Shields has a 14.40 ERA in seven appearances and is off to one of the worst starts in his career. He has allowed eight earned
runs, six hits and seven walks.
''I'm pitching horrible,'' said the right-hander, whose 41 victories in relief are a franchise record. ''It's a tough situation,
and it's pretty much all me. So I take the blame for the bullpen. I mean, if wasn't for me, I think we'd be all right.''
is confident that his rubber-armed setup man will turn his season around.
''Scotty's just not repeating pitches,'' Scioscia said. ''What makes him so good is that he's almost like a gunslinger out
there. He's fearless and he goes after hitters and finds a way to make pitches. Right now that confidence level isn't there,
and that presence on the mound isn't there. But he'll get it back.''
followed Shields out of the bullpen, and two more runs crossed the plate when shortstop
made an errant flip to second baseman
on Inge's RBI infield hit. Then with the infield in,
hit a bloop RBI single to left that fell just out Aybar's reach, and
's run-scoring infield hit gave Detroit an 11-8 lead.
(1-0) got the win, allowing a run and two hits in an inning of relief after replacing starter
. Pitching for the first time in nine days, Rincon escaped a bases-loaded jam by throwing a called third strike past
, who had a career-high five RBIs and his first homer of the season.
Inge made it 12-8 in the ninth with his fifth home run, and
capped the scoring in the bottom half with a two-run double against
. The right-hander retired Aybar on a grounder to first with the tying run at the plate.
Granderson, who homered his first two times up against
in Tuesday night's loss, gave Detroit a 5-4 lead in the fifth when he pulled Saunders' full-count pitch into the first row
of seats, just inside the foul pole in the right-field corner for his fifth homer of the season.
''We've got a lot of good hitters up and down this lineup, but the key is to make the pitchers work,'' Laird said. ''Tonight
we made Saunders work. Then we got to their bullpen and were able to string some key hits together.''
The Angels responded with three in the bottom half against the slumping Verlander, who gave up singles to his first four batters
's RBI single tied it, and Morales' hit drove in two more for an 7-5 lead.
The Tigers got a run closer in the sixth with a two-out RBI single by Everett. But the Angels made it 8-6 in the bottom half
with a run-scoring ground-rule double by Izturis.
Verlander, making his first career start at Angel Stadium, allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander
has surrendered 21 earned runs and 27 hits in 21 innings over his first four starts.
''When you get in a little stretch like that, you're waiting for something bad to happen,'' Leyland said. ''Sometimes, you
just want something so bad, and that's the only thing going on with him right now. He just wants to contribute so much. But
he's going to be outstanding for us, no doubt in my mind.''
Tigers right fielder
, called up from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day when
went on the disabled list, misplayed flyballs by Izturis and Hunter into doubles in the first and third innings.
''The first one he just messed up. He thought it was hit too hard and it fooled him. The second one he lost in the lights,''
Notes: After the game, the Angels placed LHP
on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained triceps and transferred RHP
to the 60-day DL to make a spot on the 40-man roster for 30-year-old RHP
. He will start Thursday night's series finale. ... Verlander, the 2006 AL rookie of the year, is 22-23 with a 4.90 ERA in
56 starts since his no-hitter against Milwaukee on July 12, 2007. ... Saunders gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.
No Angels starting pitcher had allowed more than four runs in any of the team's previous 13 games, the team's longest such
streak from the start of the season since the first 19 games of 1982.