Los Angeles Angels

Tigers chew up the Halos early in Motown

ANDREW HEANEY gave up five runs in the first as the Angels lost 6-2 to the Tigers on Thursday (Flickr/ Kent Kanouse).

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have prospered mostly this season while away from Anaheim. At home, the Halos lost more than they won, while winning on the road.

However the Orange County team will be glad to get back to Orangewood and State College after losing 6-2 to Detroit Tigers on Thursday to wrap up a disappointing road trip, having lost six out of 10, including three of four to the Tigers.

The loss put the Angels’ record at 30-27, still worth third place in the American League West, but only one game ahead of the fourth place Oakland A’s (29-28).

On Thursday, the Tigers touched Andrew Heaney for five runs in the first inning and went on to the win. He finished five innings, having given up the five runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out three batters.

“They came out and punched me right in the mouth,” said Heaney, now 2-4. “Just took me a bit to regain it and start making some better pitches. So credit goes to them. They were aggressive early and they know how I like to attack the strike zone. They put some really good swings on some balls.”

The Angel offense couldn’t keep up with the Tigers. Bright spots were Ian Kinsler, who had three hits, Andrelton Simmons with two and Jose Briceno with two hits including a solo home run. Mike Trout drove in the other run.

The Angels will open a six-game home stand on Friday against the Texas Rangers.  Jaime Barria (4-1) will start for the Halos, against former Angel Bartolo Colon (2-2).

ALSO: The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

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