American League Game Summary - Detroit at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Sunday, July 27)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 2, Detroit 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Freese's go-ahead homer in the eighth
inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 2-1 victory over the
Detroit Tigers in the finale of a four-game set on Sunday.
Kole Calhoun supplied two hits and Erick Aybar scored for the Angels, who won
the final three games of the series and improved to a season-best 22 games
Joe Smith (4-0) tossed a perfect eighth to earn the win. Starter Hector
Santiago gave up a run on three hits with three strikeouts across 5 1/3
innings in the no-decision.
The Angels bullpen didn't allow a single Detroit baserunner and fanned four
batters over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Victor Martinez supplied an RBI double for the Tigers, who mustered just three
hits and have dropped four of their last six.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain (1-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up
Freese's homer, while starter Rick Porcello pitched seven solid innings
allowing just one run on five hits with six strikeouts.
"Other than the first inning we really didn't do much. We're in kind of a
slump right now," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "We're not swinging the bat
Freese smacked a solo shot just over the wall in left-center field off
Chamberlain with one out in the bottom of the eighth, breaking the tie and
giving the Angels a 2-1 advantage.
"It felt good. I put a good swing on it. I never faced Joba before and he left
one up," said Freese.
Huston Street tossed a flawless ninth to preserve the win and earn his second
save in as many days.
Detroit opened the scoring in the first. Ian Kinsler hit a one-out single and
came home two batters later on Martinez's double to right.
The Angels tied the game in the fifth. Aybar singled and Howie Kendrick
bunted his way aboard to place men on first and second. Porcello was off the
mark on his pickoff attempt towards second as his throw sailed into center
field, allowing both runners to move up a base. Aybar rounded third and slid
into home after center fielder Austin Jackson casually threw the ball to
The Angels have won 13 of their last 16 games against the Tigers including
nine of the last 10 home games ... Santiago hasn't lost since June 15 at
Atlanta ... Street registered his third save as a member of the Angels ...
Detroit starts a six-game homestand with the first of three games against
the White Sox on Tuesday ... The Angels begin an eight-game road trip in
Baltimore on Tuesday.
07/27 19:43:45 ET