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Angels reliever Joe Smith avoids letdown in win over Tigers

Angels reliever Joe Smith avoids letdown in win over Tigers

Matt Shoemaker spent much of Thursday afternoon crafting a masterpiece against the Tigers, giving up one hit over 7 1/3 innings before handing the ball and a 1-0 lead to setup man Joe Smith. One pitch in, Smith, the usually reliable, sidearm-throwing right-hander, was in danger of throwing it all away. J.D. Martinez crushed a triple to left-center field, putting the tying run at third with one out. "I was trying to throw a fastball down and away for a strike, and it caught more of the plate than I wanted," Smith said. "I didn't expect him to come unglued and put a good swing on it. He drove that ball out there. A bunch of thoughts go through your mind at that...

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