While the Detroit Tigers are heating up at home, the Los Angeles
Angels are suddenly struggling on the road.
The surging Tigers look to extend their season-best home winning
streak to seven games Tuesday night against the Angels.
Quintin Berry had three hits and Brennan Boesch hit a
tiebreaking two-run homer to help Detroit (47-43) rally for an 8-6
win over Los Angeles on Monday. The Tigers, who have won eight of
nine overall to move within 2 1/2 games of first-place Chicago in
the AL Central, trailed 5-2 before scoring six runs in their final
four offensive innings.
Detroit has averaged 6.5 runs during its six-game home winning
streak. It has not won seven in a row at Comerica Park since a
nine-game run June 2-18, 2010.
Boesch has gone 13 for 31 (.419) with two homers and nine RBIs
over his last eight games to raise his average from .231 to .249.
Berry has five hits in his last two at Comerica and is hitting .338
in 18 home games this year.
“Different people can contribute, one through nine,” Boesch
said. “I think that’s what you need to have success, especially in
the American League, with a lot of potent lineups. I think we’re
definitely one of the teams that runs out a lineup that has a lot
of depth, and recently it’s showed.”
Los Angeles (49-41), meanwhile, has dropped seven of 10 away
from home after winning 14 of its previous 15 on the road. Torii
Hunter had four hits with three RBIs and Mark Trumbo hit his 25th
home run Monday, but the Angels couldn’t build on Sunday’s 10-8 win
at Yankee Stadium.
“We just played a poor baseball game,” manager Mike Scioscia
said. “We gave a deep team too many extra outs and didn’t hold
Albert Pujols had two hits and an RBI, but flied out with a man
on base for the final out Monday. He is 7 for 20 with four
extra-base hits and five RBIs in his last five games.
Five of Trumbo’s nine hits in his last seven contests have left
the park, including two in as many games. He’s hit .345 (10 for 29)
with three home runs and 10 RBIs in eight career games versus
Trumbo struck out in his only two plate appearances against
scheduled Detroit starter Jacob Turner (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who will be
recalled from Triple-A Toledo to make his second big league start
of the season. Turner, who is 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 10 starts for
Toledo, allowed a run and walked five in five innings of a 2-1,
10-inning win over St. Louis on June 21.
The right-hander made his major league debut last July 30, when
he gave up two runs and struck out six in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-1
loss to the Angels at Comerica Park.
Los Angeles also plans to look to the minors Tuesday, when it is
expected to recall Garrett Richards (2-1, 4.21) to start. The
right-hander made his most recent major league start July 5, when
he was roughed up for seven runs and 10 hits – three homers – in 4
1-3 innings of a 9-7 win over Baltimore.
Richards, 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA in his last two starts, is making
his first appearance against the Tigers.