Tigers down AngelsAug 26, 2012 - 10:25 PM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ervin Santana has struggled to prevent home runs all season. On Sunday, it cost the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 5-2 loss against the Detroit Tigers.
Prince Fielder and Delmon Young slammed back-to-back home runs to break a sixth-inning tie and lift the Tigers to their fifth win in their last six games.
Max Scherzer (14-6) was the beneficiary, picking up his fourth straight win in the rubber match of the three-game series. Scherzer gave up one run on four hits and a pair of walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
"I was locating the whole day," Scherzer said. "I only made a couple mistakes. I did a good job of executing pitches throughout the whole night."
"(Scherzer) executed," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said. "He mixed up three pitches. Throwing the ball 97, there's a reason why he leads the league in strikeouts."
Over his last four starts, Scherzer has pitched to a 1.33 earned run average.
The Angels' five-game win streak in Santana (7-11) starts came to an end after the right-hander allowed four runs on only five hits in seven innings. With the two home run balls, Santana moved into sole possession of second place in the majors with 31 home runs allowed.
"It was a good outing," Santana said. "Just a couple of bad pitches."
Mike Trout scored the Angels' only run in the first inning and became the second rookie in franchise history to cross home 100 times.
Andy Dirks worked a leadoff walk to start the sixth inning. Fielder broke the 1-1 tie, jumping on an 0-1 fastball and driving it into the right-field seats. Young followed by driving the next pitch all the way to the left-field seats, opening up a three-run lead.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the eighth inning when Quintin Berry scored Dirks with a sacrifice fly.
Joaquin Benoit tossed a perfect eighth and Jose Valverde, despite giving up an RBI single to Kendrys Morales, closed out the win.
Mike Trout legged out an infield single to start the first inning. He advanced to third when Maicer Izturis lined a single to left and scored on Torii Hunter's double play.
Detroit tied the game in the third inning. Omar Infante walked with two outs and scored when Dirks crushed a triple to right-center field.
After Howard Kendrick led off the second with a base hit, Scherzer held the Angels hitless and only allowed two walks, coming in the second and seventh inning.
The only other Angels rookie to score 100 runs was Devon White, who scored 103 in 159 games in 1987 ... Santana had won his previous four games against the Tigers ... Detroit has won 33 of its last 52 games and 22 of 28 at home ... Tigers pitchers have a 2.23 ERA (25 earned runs in 101 innings) over their last 11 games ... Scherzer passed teammate Justin Verlander for the major league lead with 195 strikeouts ... Scherzer has struck out at least eight batters in eight straight starts.
- LOS ANGELES: 2
Aug 26 3:53 PM
- Kendrys Morales singled to center scoring Torii Hunter with none out. Runner on first and Mark Trumbo due up.
Angels 2, Tigers 5 Top 9, 0 OutsAug 26 3:44 PM
- Quintin Berry sacrifice fly to center scored Andy Dirks with two out. Runner on first and Jhonny Peralta due up.
Angels 1, Tigers 5 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 26 3:34 PM
- Delmon Young none-out, solo Home Run (14) to left. Brennan Boesch due up.
Angels 1, Tigers 4 Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 26 2:59 PM
- Prince Fielder none-out, two-run Home Run (23) to right scored Andy Dirks. Delmon Young due up.
Angels 1, Tigers 3 Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 26 2:59 PM
- Prince Fielder flied out to center to end the inning.
Angels 1, Tigers 1 End 3Aug 26 2:10 PM
- Torii Hunter double-play groundout scored Mike Trout. Maicer Izturis out at second. None on with two outs and Kendrys Morales due up.
Angels 1, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 26 1:14 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 26 1:08 PM
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