AL: Angels fall into tie for first in West

Associated Press
Published September 16, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Curtis Granderson gave Detroit the lead with a three-run inside-the-park homer and Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe also homered in the Tigers' 8-6 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

The Angels lost their fourth in a row, dropping them into a first-place tie in the West with Oakland.

Mike Maroth got the victory, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out two and walking two. Craig Dingman pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

The Tigers scored all their runs with two outs against Bartolo Colon (19-7), who won his previous eight decisions and was trying to become the Angels' first 20-game winner since Nolan Ryan won 22 in 1974.

Colon gave up eight runs - seven earned - in losing for the first time since July 16 at Minnesota.

Granderson's inside-the-park homer came on the first pitch he saw from Colon in the fourth, giving Detroit a 4-2 lead. Angels centerfielder Chone Figgins leaped toward the wall, but the ball hit it and rolled back toward the field.

The Angels closed to 4-3 in the fourth on Vladimir Guerrero's second homer. Guerrero left in the sixth because of a jammed left shoulder.

The Tigers got four runs in the fifth to chase Colon. Ordonez homered, pinch-hitter Vance Wilson had a run-scoring double and Monroe hit a two-run homer for an 8-3 lead. Wilson replaced Ivan Rodriguez, who left because of a right hamstring spasm.

Los Angeles trailed 8-4 in the fifth after Juan Rivera's leadoff homer. The Angels added two runs in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Darin Erstad and a sacrifice fly by Robb Quinlan.

RANGERS 4, MARINERS 3: Michael Young reached 200 hits for the third straight season and Gary Matthews had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly for host Texas.

Young's run-scoring single in the third inning made him the 22nd player in major-league history with three consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last was Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who is seeking his fifth straight season.

Young went 1-for-4 and leads the AL with a .328 batting average.

"It's something I can look back on and be proud," Young said. "I never try to go up and do too much. I try to have a consistent approach and a consistent plan of attack."

Kameron Loe (9-5) pitched 51/3 innings and left with the 3-2 lead despite making three errors in his sixth major-league start.

Loe had two throwing errors and a fielding miscue, but Seattle scored only one unearned run as a result of the errors and left 13 runners on base.

ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 5: John Buck hit a two-run double to key a four-run seventh for host Kansas City, which started the season losing 10 in a row to Chicago but won five of its past eight.

The White Sox committed two baserunning blunders. In the second inning, A.J. Pierzynski was easily thrown out trying to score from first on a single. In the sixth, Carl Everett overran third base and was tagged out.

"There's no doubt about it. We really flat-out stink," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.