Tigers 7, Angels 6
Ordonez had his 20th two-homer game and Detroit held on for an 8-7 win over the Angels on Wednesday night, snapping Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak.
Ordonez is now hitting .345 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs, among the league leaders in all three categories. He appears to back to his form of 1999-2003, when he averaged 32 home runs and 118 RBIs, and batted well over .300 for the Chicago White Sox.
He’s suffered through knee and hernia injuries since those All-Star seasons. And though he had 24 homers, 104 RBIs and hit .298 last season, his second in Detroit, Ordonez still wasn’t the force he had once been.
But he has been again this season.
“I’m feeling good. I seeing the ball really well and being very patient with my pitches,” Ordonez said. “I’m using the whole field again and not just pulling the ball.”
Napoli, who has five homers this season, has homered in two straight games.
“We’re going to keep playing. We had some opportunities,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “They kept swinging the bats, we kept swinging the bats, we just couldn’t get those couple hits.”
Chad Durbin (4-1) got the win, allowing three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
“When our guys are swinging the bats like that,” you just want to get three outs as soon as possible and let those guys get back up there and swing some more,” Durbin said.
Colon (5-1) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings, giving up two homers. He walked two and struck out two.
“Bart, everything was up,” said Scioscia. “It was just one of those nights where he didn’t have his normal stuff.”
Detroit took a 4-0 lead in the second on two-out, two-run singles by Granderson and Polanco. Granderson’s hit came with the bases loaded, and Polanco’s single with runners on first and third. Granderson scored from first on Polanco’s drive into the right-centerfield gap.
Guillen made it 5-0 when he led off the third with his fourth homer of the season.
Cabrera put Los Angeles on the board when he hit his second home run in two games, leading off the fourth.
Hillenbrand made it 5-2 when he led off the fifth with his second home run.
Ordonez continued the trend of leadoff home runs with another in the fifth.
Los Angeles closed it to 6-3 on Casey Kotchman’s RBI double, which chased Durbin. Grilli then struck out Napoli, got Hillenbrand on a groundout, and fanned Kendrick to end the inning.
“We battled tonight, we scratched and clawed, just weren’t able to come through and those type of things are going to happen,” Hillenbrand said. “Us as players aren’t worried about a win streak, we’re just out there to win each and every game we can.”
Ordonez added his second homer with one out in the seventh. The drive to left-center was estimated at 416 feet, and gave him three in his last two games.
“He’s swinging the bat as well as you can swing it,” said Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland. ^Notes: Kendrick returned from the disabled list (fractured left hand) and played second base. … Former Angels’ and Tigers’ RHP Troy Percival, Los Angeles’ special assignment pitching instructor, requested to be released from his minor league coaching contract to pursue a comeback. … Craig Monroe went 1-for-2 against Colon, and is 7-for-13 (.538) in his career against him. … Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 13 games .426 (23-for-54), and has 12 RBI in his last 12 games.
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