DETROIT - JULY 29: Brennan Boesch #26 of the Detroit Tigers hits a first-inning home run and is congratulated by third base coach Gene Lamont #22 during the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park on July 29, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Angel Pitchers Get Pummeled in Detroit, Tigers Trounce 12-2

The Angels have won 11 of their last 12 series.

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Tigers Pummel Angels 12-2

Tyler Chatwood was unable to build on his last start as he fell apart in the sixth inning in Detroit, allowing the Tigers to score four times en route to a 12-2 pummeling. Chatwood (6-7) last 5.1 innings, allowing 6 runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking two.

The Angels had the lead briefly in the first when Maicer Izturis belted a lead-off home run to right, but Chatwood coughed up a Brennan Boesch solo shot in the bottom half of the inning.

Again in the fifth, the Halos took a 2-1 lead when Mark Trumbo drove in Howie Kendrick from second for his team leading 54th RBI. However, that lead was short lived too as Chatwood gave up a long double to Ramon Santiago that plated Alex Avila to even the score.

The Tigers then poured it on in the 6th, 7th, and 8th by adding 10 runs to put the game far out of reach. Newly added reclamation project Horacio Ramirez allowed four runs in his inning and a third, while typically steady Rich Thompson gave up 2 runs in the 7th after working out of Chatwood’s jam in the sixth.

Fortunately for the Halos the Texas Rangers lost in Toronto, keeping the Angels just two back in their hunt for the AL West lead.

Dan Haren (10-6, 3.01 ERA) gets the start Saturday for the Angels as they look to take a 2-1 series lead.

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Angels Vs. Tigers: Friday Starting Lineups

The Angels look for their fourth straight win Friday night, in the second of their four-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. Tyler Chatwood gets the start for the Angels, against Rick Porcello for Detroit. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Angels (58-48)

Izturis 2B
Aybar SS
Hunter RF
Abreu DH
Callaspo 3B
Kendrick LF
Trumbo 1B
Bourjos CF
Wilson C

Bobby Abreu is sitting on 1,399 runs scored in his career. With one more run, Abreu will be the 89th player in major league history to score 1,400 runs.

Tigers (55-50)

Jackson CF
Dirks RF
Boesch LF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Guillen 2B
Avila C
Betemit 3B
Santiago SS

Before tonight's game, Detroit swapped a pair of relief pitchers. Left-hander Daniel Schlereth was recalled from Triple A Toledo, and right-hander Chance Ruffin was optioned to Triple A.

Tonight's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Continue Series Against Tigers In Detroit Searching For Fourth Straight Win

The Angels look for their fourth straight win Friday night as they continue their four-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. Rookie Tyler Chatwood makes the start for the Angels, facing Rick Porcello for Detroit. The Angels took the opening game of the series Thursday afternoon 12-7, behind a home run and five RBI from Mark Trumbo.

On the season Chatwood is 6-6 with a 3.64 ERA, though his peripherals haven't been as good. He has 58 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings in his first 19 starts, compared with his 56 walks. However, Chatwood is coming off one of his best starts of the season, as he for the first time walked zero batters in seven innings in a win in Baltimore.

It's hard to believe Rick Porcello is still just 22, as tonight is his 78th career start. On the season, Porcello is 10-6 with a 4.67 ERA. He has won each of his last four starts, putting up a 3.33 ERA in 24 1/3 innings.

Trumbo has 18 RBI in 22 games in July, and on the season leads the Angels in 19 home runs and 53 RBI. At 27-12, the Angels have the top record in baseball since June 13.

Tonight's 4:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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