Tigers can’t hold lead, fall to Angels

DETROIT — The Tigers continued to struggle against the Los Angeles Angels, falling 7-4 on Wednesday to the team they haven’t beat in five tries so far this season.

The Angels’ Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as the Angels took a 2-0 lead in the three-game series at Comerica Park.

Detroit’s Jose Alvarez, starting in place of an injured Anibal Sanchez, suffered the loss by allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

The Tigers, who had 12 hits in the game, struck first with back-to-back solo shots to left off the bats of Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the first. Cabrera’s homer was his second in as many nights and 22nd overall.

Trout knotted the score with a two-run homer in the third before the Tigers went up a run in the bottom of the inning off Prince Fielder’s RBI single.

Erick Aybar gave the Angels a 4-3 lead with another two-run shot in the sixth, which ended Alvarez’s outing.

Tigers reliever Drew Smyly got Brendan Harris to strike out to end the frame, but struggled in the seventh. Smyly gave up RBIs to Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Alberto Callaspo as the Angels went up 7-3.

Fielder scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth to cut the gap to three, but it proved to be the last run for Detroit.

Al Alburquerque and Luke Putkonen each pitched a scoreless frame for the Tigers.



Posted by Tribune News Services

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