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Mon June 8, 2009
Thomas' grand slam helps Tigers rally past Angels
DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Clete Thomas' grand slam broke an eighth-inning tie and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of a key error by first baseman Kendry Morales in a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels led 5-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, but Jose Arredondo (1-3) walked Ryan Raburn and Adam Everett with one out. Jason Bugler came on and walked Curtis Granderson, loading the bases.
Placido Polanco flied out to shallow center, and Raburn bluffed an attempt to score. Gary Matthews Jr. threw toward the plate but the ball was misplayed by the cutoff man, Morales, allowing Raburn to score the tying run.
Magglio Ordonez drew the 15th walk of the game, loading the bases again, and Thomas followed with his first career slam.