WHY THE TIGERS WON: Four Angels errors helped the Detroit offense before a crowd of 28,921. After each starting pitcher allowed a run in the first inning, Rick Porcello (2-1) and Hector Santiago settled into an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel through six innings. Porcello had thrown just 86 pitches through six, shutting down the Angels offense on just five hits while the Tigers were only able to bang out two. Santiago was finally lifted when he walked Austin Jackson with two outs in the sixth for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Aided by Hank Conger’s second throwing error of the game, Jackson, who advanced to second on the throw, scored on a single by rookie Nick Castellanos. Porcello set down the Angels in order in the top of the seventh, putting himself in line for his second victory of the season. He finished with one run allowed with one walk and four strikeouts. Joe Nathan picked up his third save. Andrew Romine had two hits and two stolen bases for the struggling offense.
Detroit 2, Los Angeles 1: Rick Porcello's gem, Angels' miscues help Tigers win
Detroit Free Press | Apr 21