Continuing their recent habit of losing to lesser teams, the Los Angeles Angels fell 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers in Anaheim on Monday night.
A close 3-2 contest was broken up in the final two innings as the Tigers (31-71) scored three times in the eighth inning and once in the ninth for the victory. The loss dropped the Halos to 55-53, still third in the American League West. It was the team’s fourth loss in five games.
Jaime Barria’s start was less-than-impressive. He lasted five innings and gave up four hits and two earned runs, but two of those hits were homers. The Angels committed two throwing errors to complicate things. Barria (4-4) was tagged for the loss.
With the game still within reach in the top of the sixth, the Angels saw Miguel Cabrera single in two runs, followed by a wild pitch by reliever Ty Buttrey that allowed a third run to score. Cabrera earlier hit a homer for the Tigers; Jordy Mercer hit the other.
The Angels will try to bend the trend on Tuesday when they send Griffin Canning (3-6) to the mound.