Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Wednesday, May 3
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Game 2: Thursday, May 4
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Angels 1

(12-16, 6-8 away)

Tigers 2

(19-9, 8-5 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 3, 2006

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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W: J. Zumaya (1-0)

L: J. Weaver (1-4)

S: F. Rodney (5)

Zumaya, Tigers drop slumping Angels to nab sixth straight 

DETROIT (AP) -- Alexis Gomez has tried to make the most of his infrequent opportunities this season.

"When you don't play every day, when you get the chance you can try to do too much," he said. "You just have to take the at-bat slowly, see the ball and put the ball in play."

Gomez did just that in the eighth inning Wednesday night, hitting a go-ahead single that led Detroit Tigers over the slumping Los Angeles Angels 2-1 and extended the Tigers' winning streak to six.

Brandon Inge homered to tie the score in the sixth, then walked with one out in the eighth against former Tiger Jeff Weaver (1-4). Inge advanced to second when he beat the throw on Ramon Santiago grounder to second baseman Adam Kennedy.

"He runs well," Kennedy said. "I was over in the hole. I could have rushed it a little bit, but I wanted to make sure I made the play."

Scot Shields relieved and, with two outs, Gomez singled to center.

"It was a fastball away that didn't get the movement I usually get," Shields said. "He went down and got it."

It was the first hit by a left-handed hitter in 20 at-bats this year against the right-handed Shields.

Joel Zumaya (1-0) got his first major league win, throwing six pitches and retiring Orlando Cabrera and Garret Anderson on flyouts. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his fifth save, completing a four-hitter.

Tigers starter Nate Robertson allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking two. He has allowed one run in his last three starts, a span of 21 1-3 innings.

"He kept the ball down and used all his pitches," Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez said. "Our whole pitching staff is doing an excellent job."

Detroit has the best ERA in the AL at 3.01, and the Tigers have allowed just five runs in their past six games. At 19-9, the Tigers are off to their best start since going 24-4 in 1984 en route to their last World Series title.

The Angels have lost six straight games for the first time since April 8-13, 2002 -- they rebounded from a 3-8 start that year to win their only World Series championship.

Weaver dropped to 1-2 against the Tigers, giving up five hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking two. He pitched for Detroit from 1999 to 2002.

"He was outstanding," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "He had his breaking ball going good. He pitched a whale of a game, and so did Nate."

Vladimir Guerrero hit a first-inning sacrifice fly for the Angels following singles by Chone Figgins and Cabrera.

After Inge's sixth homer, Santiago tripled and Curtis Granderson walked, but Weaver got out of the inning when Gomez popped out and Ivan Rodriguez grounded into an inning-ending double play. ^Notes:@ Mike Scioscia managed his 1,000th game (532-468), all with the Angels. ... Tigers DH Dmitri Young began a rehab assignment at Double-A Erie. He has been on the DL since April 15 with a right quadriceps strain. ... Following the game, the Angels optioned C Jeff Mathis to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled C Mike Napoli from Salt Lake.

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