got one hit in the final four innings Sunday. That was all they needed.
' eighth-inning grand slam - the first of his career - broke open a tie game after the Tigers took advantage of a key error
by first baseman
in a 9-6 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels
''That's the situation that every kid dreams about,'' Thomas said. ''You want to hit a grand slam to win a game. That's as
good as it gets.''
The Angels led 5-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, but
with one out. Jason Bugler came on and walked
, loading the bases.
flied out to shallow center, and Raburn bluffed an attempt to score. Gary Matthews Jr. threw toward the plate but the ball
was misplayed by the cutoff man, Morales, allowing Raburn to score the tying run.
''Raburn's a heck of a player and he's got good legs, so he drew that throw,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''That's how
to make things happen.''
said Morales should have just let the throw go through to catcher
''He should have just missed it, but he tipped it into foul territory, and that let the run score,'' Scioscia said.
drew Detroit's ninth walk of the game, and the 15th overall, loading the bases again for Thomas.
''You aren't going to win any games when you walk nine guys,'' Scioscia said. ''You have no chance.''
Thomas then hit a 1-1 fastball over the visitors' bullpen in left.
''He threw me an outside fastball and I just wanted to hit it hard and get a run or two,'' Thomas said. ''I didn't think it
was high enough to get out, so I was running. I didn't realize it was gone until I rounded first and heard the crowd.''
Thomas didn't start the game, but Leyland inserted him as a pinch runner for
in the fourth inning. Cabrera had been limited to pinch-hitting duties since injuring his hamstring earlier in the week, and
Leyland regretted the decision to put him in the lineup.
''The trainers told me that he wouldn't hurt himself any worse, and he said he felt good, but I hate playing someone that
can't go full speed,'' Leyland said. ''I didn't like what I was seeing from him at all, so I got him out of there.''
The Angels took the lead in the eighth when
with the bases loaded.
made it 9-6 with a two-out RBI double in the ninth, but
retired Matthews to end the game.
''We didn't execute offensively, and that really hurt us,'' Scioscia said. ''It cost us the game today.''
Detroit has won two straight after losing the first four games of a six-game homestand. The Angels are 3-3 on their nine-game
The Angels led 3-0 after hitting two first-inning homers.
led off the game with his first home run of the season, and
followed with a double - the 2,000th hit of his career. Rookie
retired the next two batters before Rivera made it 3-0 with a drive to left.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom half on two singles and a walk, and
pulled Detroit within a run with a two-out single.
Detroit stranded six runners in the first three innings but took a 4-3 lead on
's two-run single with the bases loaded in the third.
''Going 3 for 4 with the bases loaded is pretty good,'' Leyland said. ''If we can load the bases that many times every game,
I'll even take 2 for 4.''
Porcello left after giving up a leadoff double to Morales in the sixth. Fellow rookie
got the first two outs, but
tied it with a single to left.
The Angels chased Perry with a pair of singles to start the seventh, but
came in to retire Abreu, and Zumaya got
to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Notes: Detroit DH
(strained ribcage) played for the first time since April 19. He was activated from the disabled list after Saturday's 2-1
win, and 1B
was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. ... The Angels have Monday off, while the Tigers start a five-game series in Chicago with
a day-night doubleheader against the
. Detroit RHP
is scheduled to make his first start in more than a year in the second game. Bonderman has been sidelined since June 1, 2008,
after a blood clot was discovered in his pitching shoulder.