Tigers claw their way to six straight
05/03/2006 9:43 PM ET
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Nate Robertson allowed a run over 7 1/3 innings to keep the Tigers in the game until Alexis Gomez singled in Brandon Inge in the eighth inning for a 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday at Comerica Park, extending Detroit's winning streak to six.Robertson allowed hits to the first two batters of the game, setting up Vladimir Guerrero's sacrifice fly scoring Chone Figgins to end his scoreless streak at 14 innings, but he allowed just two hits for the rest of his outing. He struck out six batters, including Garret Anderson three times, on his way to the no-decision.
Ex-Tiger Jeff Weaver held onto that lead into the middle innings in his second appearance at Comerica Park since Detroit traded him four years ago. Brandon Inge, Weaver's former catcher, broke up his shutout bid with a solo homer leading off the sixth inning.
A one-out walk to Inge in the eighth set up the rally that sent Weaver to defeat. Ramon Santiago hit a ground ball to second baseman Adam Kennedy, but Inge beat Kennedy's throw to the bag. Scot Shields entered to retire Curtis Granderson before Gomez lined a 3-1 pitch into center field to plate Inge. It was the first hit allowed by Shields against a left-handed batter in 22 at-bats this season.
Joel Zumaya, who replaced Robertson in the top half of the eighth to retire Orlando Cabrera and Anderson, earned his first Major League victory. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
The combined effort extended Detroit's streak of stingy pitching. The Tigers have allowed just five runs over their last six games, tied for the best streak in franchise history and last accomplished in July 1986.