ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron hit a walk-off two-run homer, the ninth home run of the game, as the Angels outslugged the Tigers, 11-9, on Tuesday night to clinch a series victory.
Cron also homered in the first, his first two-run shot igniting the Angels to a 9-2 lead after four innings, and he ended the Tigers' bid for a comeback with his first career walk-off shot in the ninth, another two-run shot with no out off Tigers reliever Mark Lowe that secured the club's third win in its last five games.
"It's a great walk-off win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The way we had things set up, I was hoping we'd be talking about a couple different things tonight."
The Tigers erased that seven-run deficit with their own long-ball assault. After J.D. Martinez got the offense turning again with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Ian Kinsler's grand slam to left off Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian in the seventh made it 9-8. One inning later, Victor Martinez tied the game with a solo shot, Detroit's fifth homer of the game.
"I think it was nice to see the life from us, that we didn't just fold," Kinsler said. "Now, would we like to win that game? Absolutely. It's tough to come back and tie a game and let it slip away. But we didn't let the emotions of the game early change our steadiness offensively."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Cron is clutch: After seeing a 9-2 lead evaporate over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, Cron gave the Angels something to cheer about. After Albert Pujols led off with a walk, Cron took a slider from Lowe and sent it into the bullpen in left, giving him the fourth multi-homer game of his career.
"Just put a good swing on it," Cron said of the final at-bat. "Whatever happens, happens. [Pujols] had a great at-bat ahead of me, I thought my job was just to keep it rolling. I got a good pitch to hit, and I put a good swing on it." More >
Miggy rocks:Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate on Tuesday with only one hit through four games on the Tigers' West Coast trip, but he took care of that with one extended-arm swing off a Hector Santiago fastball in the first inning, sending a solo homer to the rock formation in left-center field. Statcast™ estimated the drive at 449 feet.
Good to see you again:Jefry Marte, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game, was quick to make an impact against his former team. He went 4-for-4 with a homer, his first with the Angels, a double and two RBIs. It was his first career four-hit game, and his seventh career multi-hit game.
"Jefry, he can swing it," Scioscia said "He had a good offensive night tonight, and held his own at third base. We're happy to have him on the team." More >
Kinsler's slam powers comeback: The Tigers faced a 9-2 deficit before J.D. Martinez's two-run homer in the sixth started a comeback, but it was Kinsler's seventh-inning grand slam that made this a game again. His drive over the fence in the left-field corner was the first ball put in play in the inning after Santiago and Fernando Salas walked the bases loaded around two strikeouts. Salas ran the count full before Kinsler connected for his first career grand slam and his 195th homer.
"Treatment and put the ball in play. Don't swing and miss. Simple. When I hit the ball hard, it feels fine." -- Cameron Maybin, who left the game as a precaution after his left wrist flared up in the sixth inning
"Interesting is one way to put it." -- Scioscia, on the Angels and Tigers combining for nine home runs
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The nine home runs by the Angels and Tigers tied for the most combined homers in any game in Major League Baseball this season, matching the Rockies and Reds, who also combined for nine homers on Tuesday.
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With one out in the second inning, Maybin tried stealing second base, sliding under leaping second baseman Gregorio Petit to be ruled safe on the field. The Angels challenged, and the call was overturned after replay officials ruled Petit tagged Maybin's leg before he got to the base. The review lasted one minute, 20 seconds.
WHAT'S NEXT Tigers:Michael Fulmer tries to continue his hot stretch and end the Tigers' woes in Anaheim when he takes the mound in Wednesday's series finale, slated for a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch. The rookie right-hander has delivered 14 2/3 innings of one-run ball over his last two starts.
Angels:Matt Shoemaker looks to continue his hot streak in Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. PT series finale against the Tigers. The right-hander became the first pitcher in franchise history to record back-to-back games of 10 or more strikeouts and no walks in Friday's 7-2 win over the Astros.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.
Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.