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Haren wins pitching duel with Verlander

Jul 6, 2011 - 5:55 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Dan Haren got the best of Justin Verlander in a heated pitchers' duel, tossing a shutout to lead the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Haren (9-5), who retired the last 15 batters of the game, earned the 100th win of his career in spectacular fashion, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. He did not issue a walk.

"Tip your cap to Haren. He kept our guys off balance," Verlander said. "He was lights out tonight. I threw the ball pretty good. I made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on it. The good side, I pitched pretty well, the bad side, we lost."

In the second, Howie Kendrick extended his hit streak to 14 games with a single and scored from first on an Erick Aybar double.

Verlander (11-4) who had won his previous nine decisions, allowed seven hits while striking out eight over 7 2/3 innings.

The Angels have won four in a row and 10 of 12, which included a 5-1 victory in Monday's series opener.

With one down in the second, Kendrick slapped a grounder towards short. Jhonny Peralta fielded the ball and fired a seed towards first. Peralta's throw and Kendrick appeared to arrive simultaneously and Joe West called the runner safe.

Aybar took advantage, ripping a 2-0 fastball down the line in right.

Magglio Ordonez ran down the ball and fired towards second. Kendrick never hesitated, barreling around third and sliding into home with the crucial run.

Austin Jackson tripled with two down in the third, but Brennan Boesch grounded out to end the inning.

Boesch was later removed with a right knee contusion. He is listed as day-to day.

Peralta reached third with two down in the fifth, but Haren induced Don Kelly into a pop out to keep the Tigers off the board and did allow another baserunner for the remainder of the contest.

"Verlander is one of the best pitchers in the league," Haren said. "I'm happy for our team. This one feels good. Tonight everything was working well against that lineup. My cutter has been my best pitch all year. I also used my split and curveball. As the game went along I threw more fastballs. It means more coming against a team like that and a good pitcher."

Game Notes

The win marked Haren's fourth career shutout and 13th career complete game...He becomes the 34th active pitcher with 100 or more wins...The Angels have won seven consecutive series...Bobby Abreu, Jim Leyland and Verlander were all ejected in the heated contest, although Verlander was tossed while walking from the mound after already being pulled.