The Detroit Tigers salvaged the finale of a four-game series in Anaheim on Sunday. More appropriately, rookie Daz Cameron came to the rescue.
Cameron smacked a two-run single in the 10th and the Tigers pulled out a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
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Shohei Ohtani clubbed a tying two-run homer off Casey Mize in the fifth, his fourth in the series.
Miguel Cabrera had a two-run single. Jose Cisnero recorded the win and Michael Fulmer notched the save. Fulmer walked Ohtani on four pitches with two out in the 10th, then struck out Taylor Ward to end the game.
Mize-Ohtani duel features Ks, long ball
Mize prevailed in his first two powerhouse matchups with Ohtani before the Angels’ star took him deep.
Mize struck out Ohtani with an elevated fastball in the first inning. Ohtani swung through three more high fastballs in his second at-bat.
But Ohtani caught up to a Mize breaking pitch in the third encounter. The count was 1-2 when Ohtani smoked a slider down in the strike zone over the center field wall. He has 23 homers this season, tying him with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major-league lead.
Mize was removed after the inning. He gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out four while throwing 85 pitches.
He used a Kyle Funkhouser glove once again. Mize was incensed when he was forced to change gloves after the first inning of his last start Tuesday in Kansas City. The glove color was the issue — it was deemed to be gray, which is against the rules. Mize borrowed Funkhouser’s brown glove that night and held onto it for another outing.
Tigers turn up the pressure
Manager AJ Hinch was critical of his club after Saturday’s game for making mental mistakes and failing to handle the Angels’ aggressive baserunning throughout the series.
The Tigers did a better job of putting pressure on the opponent Sunday.
Jonathan Schoop made a hustle play to score the first run of the game. With two out and Schoop on second, Angels second baseman David Fletcher mishandled Jeimer Candelario’s grounder into short right. Fletcher failed to retrieve the ball quickly and Schoop didn’t hesitate to run home, scoring easily.
In the fifth, Jake Rogers blooped a hit into right field on a checked swing. When Rogers noticed right fielder Luis Rengifo bobbling the ball, he charged into second and was credited with a double. Rogers later scored on Cabrera’s two-run hit.
On the latter hit, Schoop got a good read on Cabrera’s bouncer into left field and scored behind Rogers from second base.
Akil Baddoo, who reached four times, stole a base and provided a distraction for Angels pitchers when he was on the basepaths. Pinch-runner Willi Castro and Cameron stole bases in the 10th.
Cameron has rollercoaster day
Cameron had a “special” night on Saturday in an otherwise forgettable Tigers outing. He hit his second career homer with his family in attendance — including his father, former major-league Mike Cameron. The younger Cameron also added an RBI single in the 8-3 loss.
His father was at the part again Sunday, but Cameron’s trips to the plate produced a mixed bag.
Cameron singled his first time up, then struck out three consecutive times, including two in crucial situations. Jose Suarez fanned him with the bases loaded in the fifth. Suarez also caught him looking with a changeup in the seventh, leaving Candelario stranded at second base.
Cameron redeemed himself, and made his dad happy, with his lined single through the drawn-in infield in the 10th.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers get Daz-zling 5-3 win over Los Angeles Angels in extras