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Monroe drives in go-ahead run

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Craig Monroe drove in the go-ahead run
with an RBI single in the ninth, leading the Detroit Tigers to a
5-3 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Friday night.

Brandon Inge broke out of a long slump by going 4-for-4 with
three RBI in the Tigers' first win at Anaheim in 12 games.

Esteban Yan (2-3) allowed two runs and four hits in two innings
of relief, but picked up the victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched a
perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Rondell White led off the ninth with a double against Troy
Percival (2-3) and Monroe's one-out single to right-center scored
pinch-runner Jason Smith. Inge followed with a bloop single to
right that sent Monroe to third and Nook Logan followed with a
sacrifice fly.

After pinch-hitter Curtis Pride led off the seventh with a
single against Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman, Yan relieved and
surrendered a two-out triple by Vladimir Guerrero that sliced the
Tigers' lead to 3-2.

The Tigers committed three errors, one of which led to the tying
run in the eighth.

Robb Quinlan beat out an infield hit up the middle with two outs
in the eighth, advanced on Yan's wild pitch and scored from second
when second baseman Omar Infante tried to make an impossible play
on Jeff DaVanon's slow-bouncing hit up the middle and sidearmed it
off-balance past first baseman Carlos Pena.

Bonderman allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five in
six-plus innings. But one of the runs against him was unearned, the
result of his own throwing error to first base in the fifth.

Chone Figgins bunted to the right of the mound and Bonderman
made a high overhand flip past Pena for a two-base error. Guerrero
lined the next pitch past Bonderman's glove and into center field
to drive in Figgins and cut Detroit's lead to 2-1.

The right-hander had not allowed an unearned run this season in
116 1-3 innings entering the game. Last year as a rookie, 18 of the
118 runs he gave up were unearned. His two errors against the
Angels equaled the number his teammates committed behind him over
his previous 14 starts.

Inge opened the scoring in the second with a two-out, two-run
double after a single by Rondell White and a walk to Pena. Inge,
who had just six hits in his previous 36 at-bats coming in, chased
John Lackey with an RBI single that extended Detroit's lead to 3-1
after Monroe doubled and advanced on a wild pitch.

Anaheim stranded a runner at third base in three of the first
four innings. Jose Guillen struck out with two men in scoring
position to end the first, and Josh Paul did likewise in the
fourth.

In the second inning, Bonderman dropped a short toss from Pena
on a grounder to first base by DaVanon, putting runners at the
corners with one out. Bonderman responded by fanning Paul and
retiring David Eckstein on a fly to right field, but the pitcher's
second error led to an unearned run in the fifth.

Lackey gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings,
striking out seven and walking four.

Game notes
The Tigers left the bases loaded three times, including the
eighth, when Brendan Donnelly relieved Scot Shields and struck out
cleanup hitter Dmitri Young. ... Darin Erstad stole second in the
second inning, making him 13-for-13 this season, and robbed Monroe
of an RBI double in the seventh with a diving stop inside the first
base line.