Detroit (54-61) at Los Angeles (63-53)

Cloudy Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 14, 2004
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Maybe the Detroit Tigers just needed a trip to the West Coast.

The Tigers will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they meet the Anaheim Angels in the middle game of their series at Angel Stadium.

Before their three-game winning streak, the Tigers had lost seven of eight. They opened their nine-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday before rallying to take the series’ final two games at Network Associates Coliseum.

The momentum from those victories carried over into a 5-3 series-opening win over the Angels on Friday.

With the score tied 3-3 in the ninth, Craig Monroe singled home Jason Smith for the go-ahead run. Nook Logan drove in Monroe with a sacrifice fly.

As the Tigers try to continue their surge, they’ll hope that Nate Robertson can reverse his recent fortunes.

Robertson, who has lost three straight decisions, is coming off one of his worst starts of the season. The 26-year-old left-hander lasted just three innings Sunday, giving up eight runs and nine hits in an 11-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

“There’s not a lot I can say,” Robertson said. “Our guys went out there and scored nine runs, and I gave it away. I missed some pitches, and they hit them, but I threw some good pitches and they hit those, too.”

Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs for the Angels on Friday. Anaheim, which has lost three of its last four, fell into a second-place tie with the Texas Rangers in the AL West—1 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics. The Angels are one game behind Boston for the wild card.

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Starting Pitchers

N. Robertson Det vs. R. Ortiz Tor
12-10 Record 5-7
4.90 ERA 4.43
155 K 82
66 BB 38
1.40 WHIP 1.38