DETROIT--On a day when the weather could not have been more perfect, the Detroit Tigers finally ended a 10-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Angels in home run fashion. Not only was the pitching by the Tigers pristine all around, but an offense that had struggled to produce results in recent games finally came alive.
Max Scherzer was dominant, allowing only a leadoff solo home run by J.B. Shuck in the first inning. Following the home run, Scherzer struck out the next three batters in order, two of which went down swinging. He had a 1-2-3 sixth inning in which he struck out Mike Trout for the third consecutive time, making him chase in two of those plate appearances.
The Angels had no more than one runner on at a time in any inning except the fourth when Scherzer walked two, which eventually put runners at second and third. But he got Erick Aybar to strike out swinging, ending the inning and the threat.
Meanwhile, the Tigers were unstoppable against Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson. Nick Castellanos got the Tigers on the board today with a two-run homer to left field after Austin Jackson hit a single to center.
A sacrifice fly by Jackson plated Miguel Cabrera in the third inning and Victor Martinez hit a solo dinger to left field in the fifth inning which put the Tigers firmly in the lead. A sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler brought Bryan Holaday home and made the score 5-1 in favor of the Tigers.
Joba Chamberlain recorded his first 1-2-3 inning of the season when he threw just eight pitches in the eighth inning, all of which for strikes, recording two strikeouts. Joe Nathan struck out Trout for the fourth time in the ninth, with Trout going 0-4 overall.
Albert Pujols homered in the ninth inning, his 498th career home run bringing the score to 5-2, but a ground out by Raul Ibanez and a swinging strikeout by Howie Kendrick sealed the win.