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    Detroit Tigers squander eight-run lead in 13-10 loss to Angels

    The Detroit Tigers played a miserable final four innings.

    Manager AJ Hinch was ejected by home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott with one out in the fifth inning, and everything went downhill from there.

    The Tigers (58-65) allowed the Los Angeles Angels to score 11 runs after the fifth in Thursday’s 13-10 loss at Comerica Park, squandering an eight-run lead. Los Angeles forced Hinch and bench coach George Lombard — the acting manager following the ejection — to burn through six pitchers.

    Losers of four in a row, the Tigers were swept by the Angels in three.

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    Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera (24) talks with Los Angeles Angels shortstop Jose Iglesias (4) at second base during second inning action at Comerica Park Thursday, August 19, 2021.

    Rookie right-hander Matt Manning started and pitched into the fifth inning. He allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over 4⅔ innings, striking out four and throwing 60 of 96 pitches for strikes. His high pitch count was a result of command issues.

    Both runs Manning conceded were scored in the second inning: Brandon Marsh drilled an RBI triple and Max Stassi followed with an RBI groundout.

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    Tigers starter Matt Manning pitches against the Angels during the first inning at Comerica Park on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

    The Tigers’ downfall began in the sixth inning, though, when the Angels scored six runs against relievers Derek Holland (three earned runs), Joe Jimenez (three earned runs) and Kyle Funkhouser. Funkhouser wiggled out of the sixth, but when he returned for the seventh inning, he put two on with two outs.

    Michael Fulmer replaced him and allowed an RBI double to Jared Walsh — the run charged to Funkhouser — before getting the final out. When Fulmer returned for the eighth inning, his performance spiraled downward with a two-run homer from Stassi to give the Angels an 11-10 lead.

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