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Tigers edge sloppy Angels, 2-1

Tigers Edge Angels
BY NOAH TRISTER
AP BASEBALL WRITER

DETROIT (AP) -- Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of four Los Angeles errors in a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

Three of those errors came on one play in the first inning, allowing Detroit's Ian Kinsler to score from first on a walk. Then in the sixth, Angels catcher Hank Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. It was his second error of the game, and Jackson went to second.

Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1.

Porcello (2-1) allowed a run and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Three relievers finished, with Joe Nathan pitching the ninth for his third save in five chances.

Hector Santiago (0-3) allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, then let the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the inning in slapstick fashion.

Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into center field. Kinsler went to third, and when center fielder Mike Trout's throw back to the infield missed the cutoff man, the Detroit runner tried to score.

It looked as if the Angels would have a play on Kinsler, but Santiago picked up the ball near the mound and threw wildly to the plate. Kinsler scored and Cabrera went to second.

Conger, Trout and Santiago were all charged with errors on the play.

Santiago threw 119 pitches and was wild throughout, but the Tigers never really solved him. He was lifted after walking Jackson with two outs in the sixth. Reliever Kevin Jepsen came in and was victimized by Conger's error and Castellanos' single.

Porcello was pitching exactly one year after allowing nine runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Angels - and he also gave up seven runs to Los Angeles in a start last June.

On Sunday, he allowed three straight singles in the first inning but kept the Angels quiet after that. Albert Pujols hit a first-inning single but remains at 498 homers as Los Angeles heads to Washington to play a three-game series against the Nationals.

Trout, who struck out four times Saturday, went hitless Sunday and grounded out with the tying run on second in the eighth.

NOTES: Kendrick had three hits. ... Rajai Davis and Alex Avila struck out three times each for Detroit. ... The Tigers begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) faces Chicago LHP John Danks (1-0). Los Angeles RHP Garrett Richards (2-0) starts against Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (1-0).

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aweecoldcanofcok April 20 2014 at 7:41 PM

Angels suck.
The bullpen's been crap for at least 2 seasons, and nothing's been done to fix it,
so why should the results be any different?
A mediocre team who'll be lucky to end up at 500.
Oh, but Scioscia won them the World Series. 12 YEARS AGO!!!!

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Harland aweecoldcanofcok April 21 2014 at 8:49 AM

LA Angels of somewhere have never had there own players & own ID they are the ugly step sisters to the Dodgers much like the LA Clippers are to the Lakers

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grsstod April 20 2014 at 8:38 PM

The Angels have been underachieving for at least 2 plus years. They get off to a slow start and never manage to rebound. Seems like there is little discipline on this team. A bunch of free swinging hitters that just want to hit home runs..maybe Albert P. and Mike T. can be allowed to free swing. But the team needs players who can move runners along and drive in runners with singles. Mike S. should be fired along with his hitting and pitching coaches. As a fan, I have waited long enough for some "winning" baseball in Anaheim. Management gives the Angels the quality players. But as soon as they put on the Angels uniform, the players do not live up to their potential {MikeTrout is the exception}.

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Harland grsstod April 21 2014 at 8:31 AM

a lot of poor moves by upper mgt FA signs & contracts they shoul have built this team around Mike Trout they be now better off trading trout strting all over they are stuck with Pujols till he retires he is way to old to get better just a big mess

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azra.gunes April 20 2014 at 9:51 PM

nicee thankss

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Lmrphoto April 20 2014 at 11:20 PM

Make the cover of Sport Illustrated and you are jink's for the year. Happens over and over. Publicity, is a 50/50 split.

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asronce Lmrphoto April 21 2014 at 8:55 AM

Yeah...and those soup commercials don't help either.

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kenirish7 April 21 2014 at 2:54 AM

it is called a choke when you play a good team

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asronce April 21 2014 at 9:00 AM

Most poignant aspect of this story is Albert's still stuck in neutral in LA.. he'll get to 500 HR's this season but what an incredible disappointment he's become with the only one laughing is Pujols..all the way to the bank.

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prnyl asronce April 21 2014 at 2:16 PM

Post steroids will do that to you and it did it to Pujols who will be following in the Sammy Sosa/Barry Bonds physique transformation over the next few years- but good for him to milk the dollars as he will need it once the steroid abuse becomes clear as to his participation like the rest of his fellow cheaters.

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dlngciu3 April 21 2014 at 6:28 AM

believe I saw a catcher that will be benched today or send "down". Wow!

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importcrapsucks April 20 2014 at 11:41 PM

glad la has the bum albert he was done when he became greedy glad he is not in st louis

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ezspin42 April 20 2014 at 8:42 PM

That's what the Yankees looked like in the '80's

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petpetdon ezspin42 April 21 2014 at 12:09 AM

That is what the Mets have looked like since they began playing.

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tnphotoss April 20 2014 at 8:21 PM

The guy had 4 balls???? No wonder he was slow

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