Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 7
Detroit 3Final
Anaheim 0
Game 2: Wednesday, May 8
Detroit 2Final
Anaheim 3
Game 3: Thursday, May 9
Detroit 6Final
Anaheim 7

Tigers 6

(11-22, 4-15 away)

Angels 7

(17-16, 8-10 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 9, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    ANA 00033010 - 7 - -

    W: A. Sele (3-2)

    L: M. Redman (0-4)

    S: T. Percival (5)

    Glaus delivers key hit in Angels' victory

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- One reason Aaron Sele has more victories than any AL pitcher since 1999 is his ability to keep his team in the game no matter what the circumstances.

    Aaron Sele
    Sele

    The Anaheim Angels right-hander won his third straight start Thursday night, beating the Detroit Tigers 7-6 after spotting the Tigers an early four-run lead.

    "The one thing Aaron did was give us innings and keep us in the game," Angels shortstop David Eckstein said after his team's 11th win in 13 games. "He kept battling and gave us a chance to scrap away and catch up."

    Sele (3-2) allowed nine hits in six innings and hit two batters, but did not walk any. Detroit didn't score against him after Jabob Cruz's RBI single gave the Tigers a 4-0 cushion with none out in the fourth.

    "Aaron's had a lot of trouble in the early innings in every one of his starts. He started off on the wrong foot again, but he settled in, pitched his ballgame and pitched his way out of jams," manager Mike Scioscia said.

    "If Aaron does one thing well, it's compete. He still hasn't hit the stride we're looking for, but we know he'll get there."

    Tigers shortstop Shane Halter, whose two throwing errors led to four unearned runs, ended a fifth-inning rally with a double-play grounder with runners at first and second. It was the last significant threat against Sele.

    "Buddy Black (Anaheim's pitching coach) came over to me after the second inning and said, `Hey, just slow it down and don't try so hard. Just make your pitches. Get focused in and go from pitch to pitch instead of trying to get three outs with one pitch.' I was able to get the ball, and things smoothed out after that," Sele said.

    Troy Glaus drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a fifth-inning double, and Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

    Mark Redman (0-4) gave up six runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The left-hander is 0-6 in nine starts since joining the Tigers last July 28 from Minnesota in a trade for Todd Jones.

    "I had a great curveball tonight, which is unusual, and we had a four-run lead. But it just wasn't our night," Redman said. "Sele got a win in the wildest way. Sometimes it happens like that. I'd take one any way at this point."

    The Angels cut Detroit's lead to 4-3 with three unearned runs in the fourth. Garret Anderson singled with one out, advanced on a wild pitch and went to third when Halter fielded Tim Salmon's routine grounder and threw it about 10 feet over first baseman Randall Simon's head.

    Bengie Molina followed with a sacrifice fly, Scott Spiezio singled and rookie Julio Ramirez tripled off the right-field wall for two more runs. Ramirez tried for an inside-the-park homer, but was thrown out at the plate on the relay from Simon to catcher Brandon Inge.

    Anaheim took a 6-4 lead with three more in the fifth. Redman walked Eckstein with one out, Darin Erstad singled and Glaus drove them both in with a double inside third base. Glaus continued to third on Halter's errant relay throw to the plate, then scored on Anderson's sacrifice fly.

    After Erstad made it 7-4 with the Angels' third sacrifice fly, the Tigers closed to 7-6 in the eighth against Al Levine.

    Simon led off with a single, went to third on Wendell Magee's double and scored when third baseman Glaus charged Craig Paquette's slow bouncer and misplayed it for an error. Magee came home on Jacob Cruz's sacrifice fly.

    Game notes


    Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell will be honored by the Angels during his final working trip to Anaheim in August. "I hope it doesn't distract from anything. The focus should always be on the field, not on the announcer," Harwell said. ... The three-game series drew only 45,040 -- just 10 more than the capacity at Edison Field. ... Sele, who pitched at least 200 innings in each of the previous four seasons, has not completed seven innings in any of his seven starts with the Angels. ... Ramirez was the second Angels player this season to get thrown out at the plate on an attempted inside-the-park homer. It happened to Adam Kennedy on April 28. ... Detroit's starting pitchers have a 3.38 ERA over the last 15 games and have allowed just 14 home runs this season, the fewest among AL rotations.

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