DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs to help the Detroit Tigers build an eight-run lead, but the Los Angeles scored an incredible 11 unanswered runs to win 13-10 and sweep a three-game series on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
The Tigers (58-65) went 1-5 on the homestand while the Angels (62-61) are back above .500 for the first time in 10 days.
The Tigers built a 10-2 lead, knocking Angels starter Jose Quintana out of the game in the second inning. Cabrera didn’t hit his 500th home run, but did single and score in the first inning and then hit a bases-clearing double in the second.
Cabrera’s chase for 500 will now continue to Toronto on Friday night.
Although Cabrera didn’t go deep, Zack Short, Jeimer Candelario and Willi Castro all hit solo home runs for the Tigers.
Tigers starter Matt Manning couldn’t make it through the fifth, bogged down by four walks and a high pitch count. After Manning’s exit, the Angels scored six runs in the sixth inning four singles (two that didn’t leave the infield), two walks and a two-run triple by Brandon Marsh.
Catcher Max Stassi hit a two-run homer to the bullpen in left field off reliever Michael Fulmer to give the Angels their first lead in the eighth inning.
The Angels’ eight-run comeback was the most since Aug. 29, 1986, also against the Tigers.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch was ejected in the fifth inning after Tigers catcher Dustin Garneau was called for interference following a lengthy argument and video review.
Hinch got tossed after umpires had awarded Justin Upton first base. His criticism seemed to be aimed at second base umpire and crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt, who allowed a lengthy argument before the Angels requested a video review.
It was Hinch’s 17th career ejection and his first as Tigers manager. His last came on April 3, 2019, at the beginning of his final season with the Houston Astros.
Bench coach George Lombard took over for the remainder of the game and was around to witness a second ejection. When Lombard went to get reliever Joe Jimenez in the midst of a disastrous sixth inning, Jimenez got in some parting words for home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott, who ejected him on his way out of the game.
The Tigers had a moment of silence before the game to honor Bill Freehan, who passed away Thursday at age 79.
Up next: The Tigers open a five-game road trip with a three-game weekend series at Toronto beginning Friday at 7:07 p.m. Tigers lefty Tyler Alexander (2-2, 4.57 ERA) will face Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray (9-5, 2.88).