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Guerrero homers, scores winning run in 10th

6/12/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers manager Luis Pujols spent enough
time with the Montreal Expos to know what kind of havoc Vladimir Guerrero can wreak on an opponent.

On Wednesday night, he got an unwanted refresher course.

Guerrero hit his 16th home run and later used his daring
baserunning to set up Andres Galarraga's 10th-inning RBI single as
the Expos beat the Tigers 2-1.

"He always plays hard,'' said Pujols, an Expos coach from
1993-2000. "That's what makes him a great player. Monday, he
scored from first on a basehit, and he throws and he hits homers
and he makes those plays tonight. He's tremendous.''

Expos manager Frank Robinson had no doubts about who won the
game for his team.

"This was Vladimir's game,'' he said. "If it hadn't been for
him, we'd be going away from here losing 1-0.''

The Tigers had the potential tying run thrown out at the plate
in the bottom of the 10th, then left the bases loaded when Graeme
Lloyd struck out Randall Simon to end it and prevent a Detroit
sweep.

"We won two out of three against Montreal, and I'll take
that,'' said Pujols, whose Tigers came into the series having lost
10 of 11. "We played good baseball in the last three days.''

Guerrero led off the 10th with a single against Tigers closer
Juan Acevedo (1-2) and took second when the reliever threw away a
pickoff attempt.

Troy O'Leary grounded to former Expos third baseman Chris Truby,
who looked Guerrero back before throwing to first. But Guerrero
broke as soon as Truby released the ball, and beat Simon's throw.

"I took advantage of the second baseman not coming to the
bag,'' Guerrero said through a translator. "I knew he wasn't
there, so I didn't have to come all the way back to the base and I
could gamble for third.''

Truby wasn't surprised by Guerrero's play.

"I knew he was going to do whatever he could to get to third,''
he said. "But the ball wasn't hit hard enough for me to do more
than look him back. He knew I was going to have to get the ball
over to first.''

Galarraga followed with a liner to center over a drawn-in
infield.

Ryan Jackson, called up by the Tigers from the minors before the
game, tripled with one out in the 10th. After a walk, Wendell Magee
hit a grounder to third baseman Mike Mordecai, and pinch-runner
Damian Jackson tried to score from third but was tagged out in a
rundown.

"Mordecai made quite a play, because he had to throw around the
runner,'' Robinson said.

T.J. Tucker intentionally walked Dmitri Young and Lloyd
relieved. Lloyd fell behind in the count 3-0 before coming back to
strike out a swinging Simon on a full count for his career-high
fifth save.

Simon had struck out only nine times in 206 at-bats this season
before fanning in two key spots Wednesday.

"You don't expect to see that,'' Pujols said. "He usually
always makes contact. I was shocked when he took the 3-1 pitch -- he
never does that. I had him taking 3-0, but he had the green light
3-1. He just must have been looking for something else.''

Scott Stewart (2-1) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of
shutout relief.

Jeff Weaver pitched nine innings for the Tigers, allowing one
run on two hits, but declined to talk to the media after the game.
He struck out nine.

Tony Armas Jr. started for Montreal, giving up a run on five
hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"Armas did an outstanding job for us tonight,'' Robinson said.
"I just didn't want to stretch him any further. Stewart came in
and did a good job and Tucker did a good job.''

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Dmitri Young singled
and scored on Simon's double into the right-field corner.

Weaver retired the first 12 batters before Guerrero led off the
fifth with his homer.

"On the at-bat before, he had struck me out with the slider, so
I was looking for it again,'' he said. "I got good wood on it and
it went out.''

The Tigers hadn't drawn an unintentional walk in 36 innings
before Armas walked Ramon Santiago and Magee with one out in the
eighth. That brought Stewart out of the bullpen to face Young, who
had gotten the game-winning hit off him the night before.

This time, Young grounded into a force play at third, but kept
the inning alive by beating Fernando Tatis' throw to first. Stewart
then struck out Simon to end the inning.

Game notes
Robert Fick led off the Detroit seventh with a double,
extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. ... The
Tigers finished their season-long homestand with a 3-10 record.
They begin a two-week road trip Friday in Arizona. ... Before
Wednesday, the home team had won all five games played between
Montreal and Detroit.