Angels bring order out of Tigers' chaos

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels had a completely different lineup than the night before, except for the first and fifth spots.

At least each hitter knew who batted in front of him.

Detroit Tigers rookie manager Luis Pujols made only one switch in his lineup, flip-flopping Chris Truby and Brandon Inge at the bottom of the order.

The result? Chaos.

Detroit batted out of order, causing Anaheim manager Mike
Scioscia to protest Wednesday night's game. But it all became moot
when the Angels rallied behind Scott Spiezio's three RBI and a tiebreaking RBI double by pinch-hitter Darin Erstad to beat the Tigers 5-4.

Bobby Higginson and Shane Halter homered for Detroit, and Inge --
who never batted the first time through the Tigers' lineup -- hit an RBI double to stake left-hander Mike Maroth to a 3-0 lead through
3½ innings.

According to the Detroit lineup that was exchanged before the game, Inge was supposed to bat eighth and Truby ninth. But Truby batted after No. 7 hitter Shane Halter and struck out to end the second inning.

"The way that we were going about it was exactly what was on the wall. I mean, there was no way for us to know. What they put up is what we go by,'' Inge said.

"We didn't know any different. It was the same one they put up in here before the game, and they took that same card and put it up in the dugout. Then they realized that the two cards were different. But by that time, it was too late. Everybody's going to make mistakes. Nobody's perfect.''

Inge did not lead off the third, even though his name was announced by the public address announcer. Hiram Bocachica came up and struck out, then No. 2 hitter Damian Jackson grounded out. Higginson -- scheduled to bat fourth in the inning -- then homered to center field.

"I wasn't even ready,'' Bocachica said. "I thought one of the two guys was going to hit, so of course it surprised me. But what can you do? I didn't even know what was going on, but I knew something was wrong because they took so much time to make a decision. It was weird.''

Scioscia pointed out the lineup mixup to first base umpire Gary Darling and the rest of his crew after the second inning, and again before the third and protested the game. Scioscia came out again after Bocachica batted and again protested the game.

"We were 100 percent right,'' Darling said. "Mike noticed that they were batting out of order, so he came out and told the home plate umpire. But Mike didn't want to do anything about it yet.

"Pujols knew that they had messed up. The lineup they had in the dugout was the wrong one, so Luis wanted to know then who was the proper hitter. He said to me, 'We batted out of order. Who's supposed to hit?'

"Mike was upset that we told him who to bat. That was his first protest -- that we told the Tigers who was supposed to come up. His protest was that we were coaching them, basically,'' Darling said.

The protest became moot when the Angels scored four runs in the sixth to take the lead for good at 5-4.

Ramon Ortiz (9-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3
innings, the first time he pitched into the seventh in his last
five starts. He struck out three and walked three.

Ortiz got some help from right fielder Alex Ochoa, who turned
Randall Simon's first-inning fly into an inning-ending double play
by throwing out Damian Jackson at the plate.

Troy Percival got three outs for his 28th save, securing the
Angels' fifth straight victory.

Spiezio, who drove in Anaheim's first run with a fourth-inning
single, came through again with the bases loaded in the sixth and
lined a two-run single to center. Garret Anderson followed and
chased Maroth (4-5) with an RBI single that tied it at 4.

Rookie Fernando Rodney relieved Maroth and retired his first two
batters. But Erstad -- who didn't start for the second straight game
because of fatigue in his right leg -- got his second pinch RBI
single in two nights to bring in Spiezio with the go-ahead run.

Inge's first plate appearance didn't come until the fourth
inning, when he hit an RBI double. Truby -- batting in the ninth
spot this time -- followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

Maroth allowed five runs and five hits in five-plus innings.

Game notes
Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who worked
his final game in Anaheim, was presented with a Tiffany crystal and
an Angels No. 55 uniform shirt, signifying the number of years he's
done play-by-play in the majors. The Angels chose to hold the brief
ceremony in the broadcast booth during the fourth inning to make
sure no one in the late-arriving crowd of 23,391 would miss it. ...
Ortiz has given up a major league-worst 33 home runs in 24 starts.