It was another solid start for Armando Galarraga this afternoon as the Tigers defeated the Angels 6-4. The Big Cat loaded the bases in the first on two walks and an Edgar Renteria error but got out of it unscathed and went on to retire 15 batters in a row. Armando seemed to run out of gas in the 7th making a throwing error and eventually allowing a two run double to Macier Izturis before yielding to Aquilino Lopez. Chone Figgins then singled to tie the game at three.
The Tigers bounced right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Curtis Granderson (who earlier doubled) led off with a triple and scored when Gary Sheffield chopped into a fielder's choice. Magglio Ordonez then hit a two run double to give him three RBI on the day.
The bullpen was good again. Lopez allowed the single to Figgins but got the last three outs of the seventh. Denny Bautista allowed one run in the eighth and Todd Jones got the save with a scoreless 9th. That's now two runs in the last 30 innings pitched by the bullpen.
The Tigers are now 9-4 since their 2-10 start and are just 2 1/2 games behind the first place White Sox pending Chicago's second game of their twin bill with the Orioles. The rubber game of the three game series versus the Angels will be tomorrow night on ESPN. It will be Jered Weaver against Justin Verlander.