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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Trumbo's leadoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning off Detroit Tigers reliever Phil Coke lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Trumbo's third career walk-off home run also gave the Angels a three-game sweep in the series, their first series sweep of the season.

Jerome Williams (1-0), the fifth Angels reliever of the game, earned the victory with three scoreless innings. The much-maligned Angels bullpen combined to throw seven scoreless innings in all.

Mike Trout and Brendan Harris had two hits for the Angels, while Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder had two hits for the Tigers.

Angels starter CJ Wilson had a Jekyll & Hyde performance over his six innings. In the third, fourth and sixth innings, he was perfect. In the first, second and fifth innings, he gave up three runs, five hits (including a Prince Fielder home run) and four walks.

Tigers starter Doug Fister, coming off wins in all three of his previous starts, pitched well enough to win on Sunday. He gave up three runs (two earned) and six hits in seven innings.

That left the game to be decided by the bullpens, and both pitched well. For the Angels, Dane De La Rosa, Sean Burnett, Ernesto Frieri and Scott Downs each pitched a scoreless inning. For the Tigers, Al Alburquerque threw two perfect innings, striking out five hitters of the six hitters he faced. Joaquin Benoit found trouble in the 10th inning, but escaped the jam.

Early-inning struggles for Angels starter CJ Wilson continued Sunday, but he managed to work through it with minimal damage. Singles by Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera with one out got the Tigers going, but it appeared Wilson would get out of it when Prince Fielder hit a bouncer back to the mound. Wilson, though, stumbled and the ball deflected off his glove. Instead of an inning-ending double play ball, the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out.

Wilson got the huge second out with a strikeout of Victor Martinez, then retired Matt Tuiasosopo and a flyout to end the inning.

Wilson was wild in the second inning, walking three and allowing a single to Omar Infante, but the Tigers managed to push across only one run.

The Angels scored three runs in the third against Tigers starter Doug Fister, the key play coming when the Angels had runners on first and third with one out. With Mike Trout breaking from first base on the pitch, Albert Pujols hit a line drive at Cabrera at third base. But the ball deflected off Cabrera's glove and went into shallow left field.

Luis Jimenez easily scored from third, and Trout motored all the way around to score and put the Angels up, 2-1. Pujols, who was credited with a double, scored later in the inning on a throwing error by Infante at second base, giving the Angels a 3-1 lead.

Wilson retired the Tigers in order in the third and fourth innings, but Fielder crushed a fastball from Wilson into the right-field bleacher for a two-run homer in the fifth, tying the game at 3-3.

NOTES: Angels Albert Pujols started at DH Sunday for the fourth game in a row and sixth of the last seven games. He has been slowed by plantar fascitis in his left foot, and manager Mike Scioscia said he is trying to "nurse him through" the early part of season. Going into Sunday's game, Pujols was hitting .469 (15 for 32) with two homers and nine RBIs as a DH, .148 (4 for 27) with no homers and two RBIs when playing first base. ... Tigers LHP Drew Smyly's seven strikeouts Saturday in 5 2/3 innings of relief against the Angels was the most by a Tigers reliever since Fernando Rodney had seven in July of 2005. Smyly leads all major league relievers in innings pitched (15) and strikeouts (17). ...Angels RHP Ryan Madson, recovering from Tommy John surgery last April, hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week and join the major league club in early to mid-May. Madson has not pitched in the majors since 2011, when he had 32 saves for the Phillies. ... Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta went into Sunday's game against the Angels having reached base safely in 10 consecutive games. He hit .366 (15 for 41) with three doubles, one home run and six RBIs during the 10 games.
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