The Los Angeles Angels, leading the AL in fewest runs allowed, play the second game of a four-game series Friday night against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Most offshore sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product have installed the Tigers as slight $1.35 home favorites, with the total set at nine runs.
Los Angeles (57-48) at Detroit (55-49), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels had their string of stellar pitching efforts snapped in their series opener against the Detroit Tigers, but it didn’t stop them from earning yet another victory.
The Angels will try to build on one of their best offensive performances of the season while spoiling Rick Porcello’s attempt to win a fifth consecutive start Friday night.
Going into this series at Comerica Park, Los Angeles (58-48) had posted a 1.61 ERA in seven games, a stretch capped by Ervin Santana’s no-hitter at Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Angels nearly blew a five-run lead Thursday, allowing Detroit (55-50) to score four times in the fourth inning, but pulled away with five runs in the seventh and went on to win 12-7.
Los Angeles scored only seven runs against the Indians, but had 17 hits and posted its second-highest run total of the season Thursday in winning for the seventh time in nine games.
Mark Trumbo finished a single shy of the cycle and drove in a career-high five runs.
“Power and production are what I need to do. That’s what first basemen are known for,” said Trumbo, hitting .256 with a team-best 19 homers and 53 RBIs.
The Angels haven’t had much trouble producing against Porcello, who has posted a 7.40 ERA in four career matchups. The right-hander, though, won his past two starts versus Los Angeles thanks in large part to a combined 16 runs of support.
Detroit, loser of two straight and four of six since a 4-1 stretch, has provided Porcello (10-6, 4.67 ERA) with 22 runs during his four-start win streak. He has posted a 3.33 ERA over the run.
Porcello can tie his career high for consecutive starts won, set from May 5-27, 2009. He gave up two runs over six innings of a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
“We need that (winning) to continue because that’s going to be the bottom line whenever this is all said and done,” manager Jim Leyland said. “(Porcello, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer) went on a little decent roll here so hopefully it keeps up.”
The Angels’ Tyler Chatwood (6-6, 3.64) will try to build on his first win in four starts. The right-hander gave up two runs over seven innings of a 9-3 victory over Baltimore on Sunday.
The rookie, who didn’t walk a batter for the first time in 19 career outings, had walked 11 over his previous two outings.
“I tried to attack the zone a little more and not nitpick on the corners,” he said. “It’s something we’ve been working on a while.”
Chatwood gave up two unearned runs over 5 1-3 innings against Detroit on July 6, not getting the decision in a 5-4 defeat.
The Angels are looking to win four straight road games for the first time since taking a season-high five in a row April 5-17.