Rod Carew and Bob Boone had RBI singles in a decisive three-run sixth inning in Anaheim as California handled Detroit, which mishandled five fielding chances and reached a league-high 121 errors this season.
Center fielder Chet Lemon, errorless in his 108 previous games, committed three of the errors. Lemon made one of three Detroit miscues during the sixth-inning rally, and made another during a four-run eighth.
Reggie Jackson's first sacrifice fly since Sept. 2, 1983, drove in the Angels' final run. That was after Juan Beniquez's third hit, a single with the bases full, produced one run and two more scored when Lemon threw wildly to the plate.
"The ball doesn't take a true roll here, it kind of zigzags," Lemon said. "I think there's some sand under the outfield . . . I don't want to make any excuses, though . . .
"I had a pretty decent game yesterday (Saturday, five RBI), and a bad one today. What a difference a day makes . . . On the throw to the plate, normally I would have hit the cutoff man. But I just didn't want them to score any more runs."
Jim Slaton shut out the Tigers until Alan Trammell's sixth-inning homer. Stu Cliburn (8-2) won with 3 1/3 hitless innings.