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¡Orale! Navarro Replaces Hurt Hamilton, Angels Win

Tight Game

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Oooooooooo mamma.... ain't no denyin'....

Efren Navarro replaced Angels LF Josh Hamilton mid-contest Friday night as Hambone departed with a sore knee.

Mike Scioscia could not have made a better move and destiny showed to not be such a bad guide as Navarro's clutch hit was the difference.

Tigers starter Drew Smiley crushed the Halos and it was looking, uh... bleak, yeah bleak. But then in the sixth inning the Angels began their 32nd come-from-behind win when Chris Iannetta doubled and was doubled home by Kole Calhoun. With two outs, the HamBone was not around and his replacement, Efren "¡Orale!" Navarro singled home Calhoun after Albert Pujols was intentionally walked in order for Smiley to specifically face Navarro.

Hamilton is listed as day - to - day. Get well Josh.

Tyler Skaggs sweated thru 5.2 laborious innings. On a hot SoCal night he threw 104 pitches and only allowed one run - a solo homer to Miguel Cabrera (sound almost clichéd, like a script you would return if you were studio exec for being too obvious) but was sweating buckets and had two on with two outs before Scioscia brought in Mike Morin. An error by David Freese loaded the bases and had Angels fans yelping "I've seen this movie before" in terror.

But there would be no agony - Morin struck out Torii Hunter. He was rewarded by the baseball gods ith the W as the Angels took the lead the next inning and then it was Kevin Jepsen - Joe Smith and Huston Street in the 7th - 8th and 9th. If you've seen that movie before it was starring Donnelly - Frankie and Percy for the 2002 Best Picture Show and you know we all got to thank the academy on that one!