Griffin Canning threw six shutout innings, Shohei Ohtani had three hits and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.
Canning (4-6) looked much more comfortable in a starting role, coming off his most recent outing last week when he was called upon to pitch the 15th and 16th innings of emergency relief in a game against Baltimore.
Canning gave up three runs in the 15th and two more in the 16th in what was a deflating loss to the Orioles. But he rebounded well Tuesday, shutting out the Tigers on four hits and one walk. He struck out seven and made 93 pitches to earn his first win since June 27.
The Angels finished with 12 hits, including two from rookie Matt Thaiss, who got the Angels going with a two-run homer in the second inning and then added an RBI single in the seventh.
The home run was Thaiss’ fifth in 14 games since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake in early July.
Canning was sharp early, allowing only one Tigers baserunner to get as far as second base through the first four innings. Then in the fifth he got a key out to end the inning when Niko Goodrum lined out to center with runners on second and third.
The Angels added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth and knocked Tigers starter Drew VerHagen out of the game. Ohtani had an RBI single and Andrelton Simmons had a bloop double that drove in the second run of the inning for a 4-0 Angels lead.
VerHagen (1-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Tigers scored their only run of the game in the seventh when Victor Reyes doubled and scored on a single by Jake Rogers off Angels reliever Taylor Cole.
Rogers, making his major league debut, also had a single in the ninth inning.
—Field Level Media