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American League Game Summary - Detroit at LA Angels of Anaheim



(Thursday, July 24)

Final Score: Detroit 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 4

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer got the better of the up-and- coming Garrett Richards as the Detroit Tigers snuck past the Angels, 6-4, in the opener of a four-game series.

Scherzer (12-3) struck out 11 over seven innings and needed a late rally to earn the victory after giving up three runs on six hits.

Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth, and Ian Kinsler knocked in a pair for the AL Central-leading Tigers, winners in four of their last five.

A string of nine consecutive quality starts for Richards (11-3) came to an end, with the emerging right-hander yielding four runs on seven hits over six innings. Since failing to make it out of the first inning against Oakland on May 30, Richards was 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA.

"Garrett got some pitches in the zone and their guys caught up to them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "On the offensive end against Scherzer, we did a good job. We had opportunities, but the sixth inning was tough."

Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Angels, who have dropped four of their last six.

Two of the top offenses in the AL were held in check until they each broke out in the middle innings.

Kinsler's RBI groundout in the third inning accounted for all the scoring until the Angels struck for three runs in the fifth.

Howie Kendrick led off the frame with a double, moved to third on David Freese's single and scored on C.J. Cron's infield hit. A sacrifice bunt left two in scoring position for Calhoun, who blooped a single in front of Torii Hunter in right to knock in a pair.

The Tigers countered with three runs in their turn. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both reached on singles, and Hunter and Castellanos followed with back-to-back doubles. Hunter's drove in Cabrera, and Castellanos' gapper to left knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs.

"Richards is a great pitcher, I had to bring my 'A' game," Scherzer said. "They got to me in the fifth, but I was able to limit the damage. Our team battled back with a 3-spot and that was huge. I was able to go out there in the sixth and seventh, and everything went well."

Detroit pushed across two more against the Angels' bullpen for good measure.

Austin Jackson singled and raced around on a Kinsler double in the seventh, and after robbing Calhoun of an extra-base hit with a leaping grab at the wall in the bottom half, Jackson singled in Eugenio Suarez in the eighth. Mike Trout nearly made an inning-ending sliding catch on Jackson's sinking liner, but was correctly ruled to have trapped it.

The Angels put a rally together in the eighth by putting their first two hitters on base, but Joba Chamberlain limited the damage to Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly.

Joe Nathan recorded his 21st save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth.

"I tried to attack them. My slider was as good as it's been all season," Nathan said. "Outstanding job by our offense to battle back."

Game Notes

Scherzer, who turns 30 on Sunday, is 4-0 over his last six starts ... Jackson went 2-for-5 and has multiple hits in seven straight and 10 of his last 11 games.

07/25 02:13:12 ET

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Local
Final
WAS 110
CHA 107
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
2nd
DUKE 57
UTAH 51
 
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
Final
WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
Final
CHC 6
CWS 3
Final
OAK 7
TEX 6
Final
ANA 2
ARI 7
Final
ARI 3
CLE 2
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HOU 0
MIA 0
 
Final
KAN 5
SEA 1
5th
SDP 2
COL 4
 
6th
CIN 5
MIL 7
 
6th
LOS 3
SFG 6
 
Final
WAS 110
CHA 107
Final
ORL 97
DET 111
Final
PHI 98
LAC 119
Final
NYK 92
BOS 96
Final
BRK 106
CLE 98
Final
TOR 94
LAL 83
Final
ATL 99
MIA 86
Final
MEM 84
GSW 107
Final
HOU 120
MIN 110
Final
NOP 102
SAC 88
Final
SAN 94
DAL 76
Final
DEN 107
UTA 91
4th
PHO 73
POR 70
 
Final
GONZ 74
UCLA 62
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
2nd
DUKE 57
UTAH 51
 
2nd
NARZ 60
KSU 61
 
2nd
OKLA 47
MSU 51
 
Final
MIN 4
CAL 2
Final
CHI 2
CLB 5
3rd
EDM 3
DAL 0