DETROIT (AP) - Jim Leyland was ejected for arguing with the first base umpire. Pitcher Brad Penny got into his own heated argument with catcher Victor Martinez.
The Detroit Tigers didn't seem to take a 12-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday very well.
Leyland was ejected in the third inning - the fourth time he's been tossed in just over a month - while Penny and Martinez got into it on the mound an inning later. Leyland was thrown out by umpire Jerry Layne after arguing that a pitch had hit Austin Jackson.
``That's a tough call for an umpire, because the knob of the bat and the hand come together, but Austin has a bruise the size of a baseball on his hand,' Leyland said. ``I talked to Jerry after the game, and there's no problem. It is just one of those things that happens. You have to defend your players.'
The Penny-Martinez argument came during Los Angeles' four-run fourth. Penny downplayed it, saying it was a discussion about how Martinez was calling the signs with a runner on second base, but the catcher refused to talk about the incident.
``Next question,' Martinez said. ``Don't ask about that.'
Penny (7-8) was pulled two batters later after allowing seven runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.
``I was up in the zone, and for me to be successful, I have to be down,' he said. ``I didn't have a good feel out there, so I could never get into a rhythm.'
For the Angels, the story of the game was Mark Trumbo, who homered and drove in a career-high five runs. The rookie also tripled, doubled and scored three times in his fourth three-hit game. Needing just a single for the cycle, he grounded out leading off the ninth inning.
``I had an idea what I needed, because I'm usually aware of what I've done in the game,' he said of his last at-bat. ``It was in the back of my mind, and if it happened, great, but I had already produced in the game.'
Bobby Cassevah (1-0) worked 2 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the Angels' three-run second. He tripled in the fourth and doubled in the seventh.
Los Angeles led 7-6 after six innings, then scored five times in the seventh. Tigers reliever David Purcey started the inning and gave up a single and two walks without getting an out. Phil Coke came on and allowed a two-run single to Howie Kendrick and Trumbo's two-run double.
``That really hurt us,' Leyland said. ``At 7-6, you think we've got a good chance to win the game.'
After the Angels' three-run second, the Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the inning on Miguel Cabrera's 22nd homer - a 428-foot drive that landed in the shrubbery above the center-field fence.
Detroit made it 3-2 on Brennan Boesch's RBI single in the third, but the Angels scored four more in the fourth.
Kendrick started the inning with an infield single and Trumbo followed with a triple. Peter Bourjos hit his second double of the game to put Los Angeles up 5-2, a pitch that resulted in Penny yelling at Martinez. The two had to be calmed down by pitching coach Jeff Jones.
Charlie Furbush allowed an RBI single to Torii Hunter, making it 7-2, but the Tigers scored four times in the bottom half.
Jhonny Peralta and Boesch had RBI singles, while Andy Dirks drove in two runs with a base hit.
Wilson Betemit finished the scoring with a homer off Scott Downs in the eighth.
NOTES: Former Tigers closer Fernando Rodney was booed when he came in to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh inning. ... Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque did not pitch after being bothered by a sore elbow during Detroit's visit to Chicago. Alburquerque was on the disabled list from June 30 to July 16 with the same problem.
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