Angels bust out in 12-7 rout of Tigers
The Angels awoke from their offensive slumber in a big way Thursday, battering the Detroit Tigers for 17 hits in a 12-7 rout at Comerica Park.
The victory, the Angels' seventh in nine tries, pushed them 10 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. It also left the team with baseball's best record since June 13 at 27-12.
In their three-game series in Cleveland, the Angels got just seven runs; they had that many by the fourth inning Thursday. And the five runs they scored against the Tigers in the seventh matched their total for the final two games in Cleveland combined.
Rookie Mark Trumbo did much of the damage, scoring three runs, driving in five and falling just a single shy of the cycle. But it was a complete team effort with every Angel starter except Vernon Wells contributing a hit -- and even Wells walked and scored a run.
The career-high five RBIs gave Trumbo a team-leading 53 for the season. Shortstop Erick Aybar joined Trumbo with three hits and also had two RBIs while stealing his 21st base of the season. Four other Angels had two hits, including center fielder Peter Bourjos, who had a pair of doubles.
But all that offense wasn't enough to save starter Joel Pineiro, who couldn't get out of the fourth inning despite entering the frame with a 7-2 lead. In his last three starts, Pineiro is 0-3 with an ERA of 15.00.
The Tigers wound up getting the tying run to third base in the fourth inning but the bullpen stranded him there and the Angels then put the game away by batting around in a five-run seventh inning.
-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Detroit
Photo: Mark Trumbo is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning Thursday. Credit: Paul Sancya / Associated Press