Matt Thaiss homered and drove in three runs, Shohei Ohtani had three hits, Griffin Canning threw four-hit ball over six innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday night.
It is Thaiss’ third game with three RBIs since the All-Star break. The third baseman got the scoring started in the second when he took Drew VerHagen’s fastball over the wall in right-center for his fifth homer of the season.
Ohtani was 3 of 20 at the plate in his previous five games but bounced back for his sixth game this season with three or more hits. He had an RBI single during the fifth inning that extended the Angels lead to 3-0.
Canning (4-6) struck out seven as he went at least six innings for the seventh time in 15 starts. The Tigers had runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth inning, but the right-hander got Niko Goodrum to line out to center to end the frame.
Catcher Jake Rogers, who was making his big league debut, drove in Detroit’s lone run in the seventh with a single. Drew VerHagen (1-2) went 4 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) on 10 hits.
Los Angeles’ win is temporary relief in what has been a disappointing homestand against the two worst teams in the AL. The Angles split the first two games with Detroit after they dropped three of four to Baltimore.
The Tigers have dropped seven of eight and are 4-14 since the All-Star break.
Detroit had two errors that led to two LA runs. The worst one came in the sixth when Rogers dropped Luis Rengifo’s fly ball between the mound and home plate. Rengifo eventually scored on Brian Goodwin’s ground out.
Tigers: OF Christin Stewart was placed on the seven-day concussion injury list. Stewart ran into the left-field fence during the fifth inning of Monday night’s game while trying to chase down Kole Calhoun’s home run. Victor Reyes was called up from Triple-A Toledo.
Angels: C Kevan Smith was originally in the lineup, but was scratched an hour before first pitch due to right big toe soreness.
Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (2-8, 4.89 ERA) is looking for his first win since May 12 as Detroit closes out a seven-game road trip.
Angels: Close the homestand with rookie LHP José Suarez (2-1, 5.35 ERA) facing the Tigers for the first time.
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