Following script, Halos lose to Tigers

JAIME BARRIA gave up two home runs Monday night as the Angels lost to the Tigers 7-2 in Anaheim (Angels photo).

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.

David Fletcher doubled in one run for the Angels and Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run (his 24th homer of the season), but that was it for the team’s offense, as they were held to seven hits.

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.

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