By Pete Zarustica
It’s not clear whether this is a genuine U-turn or just a rare patch of open road, but the Los Angeles Angels appear to have found second gear. They defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Sunday for their fourth win in five games, combining good pitching with timely hitting.
Tyler Skaggs (2-3) pitched six innings of two-hit ball, striking out six and walking two. Three relievers were almost as perfect, yielding two hits and no runs the rest of the way at Comerica Park.
A scoreless tie was broken in the top of the fifth on Jeffry Marte’s two-run home run, his 10th dinger of the year. “I was looking for a good pitch and tried to drive the run in and was looking for a fastball,” Marte said. “He just left the fastball right there. Made good contact.”
The Halos piled on three more runs in the sixth, putting together two sacrifice flies and a double to push the lead to 5-0.
Sunday’s win represented the second time in a row the Angels won a series from teams contending for the post-season. They’ll be back in Anaheim Monday to start a series with the Cincinnati Reds, with Matt Shoemaker (8-13) getting the start for the Halos.