Trumbo hits walk-off homer in 13th

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 21, 2013
Mark Trumbo homered leading off the bottom of the 13th inning and Albert Pujols doubled home two runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Sunday for their second straight series sweep of the Tigers. Detroit lefty Phil Coke (0-2) intentionally walked Pujols with two outs and the bases empty in the 12th before striking out Josh Hamilton on three pitches. But Trumbo drove a 3-1 pitch into the top part of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his second homer of the season. Jerome Williams (1-0) got the victory with three innings of two-hit relief. Angels lefty C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four. He gave up a two-run homer to Prince Fielder that tied the score 3-all in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Torii Hunter. The Angels made a bid to regain the lead in the seventh against Doug Fister. But Hamilton lined out to center field with a runner at third, after Mike Trout grounded into a double play and Albert Pujols received his first intentional walk since the three he got on April 3 at Texas. The Angels squandered another chance in the 10th when Joaquin Benoit struck out Howie Kendrick on a full-count pitch in the dirt after a double-steal by Trout and Trumbo, who was intentionally walked with two outs. Detroit manager Jim Leyland got into a lengthy argument with umpire Gary Darling in the Tigers' ninth, after Darling called Omar Infante out at second base on Austin Jackson's attempted sacrifice bunt to reliever Ernesto Frieri. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the ninth, the third time in the game they failed to capitalize in that situation. They stranded 13 runners altogether, and the Angels left 10 on base. Hunter, who spent the previous five seasons with the Angels was 3 for 12 with three walks and no RBIs in his first series against his former teammates. Fister allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander also hit three batters, two of them during a three-run third that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead. The first two runs scored on Pujols' double off the glove of third baseman Cabrera. Fister then plunked Hamilton, and Trumbo hit a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to Cabrera. But the relay to first by second baseman Infante was low and bounced off Fielder's glove, allowing Pujols to score. The Tigers, who beat the Mariners in 14 innings on Wednesday at Seattle, got on the board in the second after a leadoff walk to Jhonny Peralta and a one-out single by Omar Infante. Wilson had his foot on the rubber, waiting for Jackson to get back in the batter's box, when the ball fell out of his glove and he was charged with a balk. Jackson then hit a fielder's choice grounder that scored Peralta. NOTES: Wilson has thrown 100 first-inning pitches over his last three starts, including 28 Sunday. ... Detroit's pitching staff has hit seven batters through the first 18 games - six by Fister, who plunked seven last season in 161 2-3 innings. ... Only two pitchers in Tigers history have hit four batters in a game - Frank Lary in 1960 and Earl Whitehill in 1924. Peralta was hitless in three at-bats against Wilson, and is 1 for 20 lifetime against him. ... Leyland was planning to start Ramon Santiago at SS on Sunday, but Santiago went to see a doctor after Saturday's game because of dehydration, back issues and stomach problems. ... Fister has pitched 32 1-3 innings since his franchise-record nine consecutive strikeouts against Kansas City last Sept. 27, and has fanned no more than two in a row at any time during that stretch. Wilson has a 3.66 ERA in 111 big league starts, one point higher than his ERA in 252 relief appearances. ... Fister was trying to become the first Tigers pitcher to win his first four starts of a season since 1988, when Frank Tanana won his first five. ... Detroit RHP Al Albuquerque struck out the side on 11 pitches in the eighth and fanned two more in the ninth, giving him 16 strikeouts in nine innings so far. ... Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas will start the first two games of the Angels' series against Texas, both still looking for their first victory with the Halos. They are a combined 0-5 with a 7.67 ERA.
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