The Angels won the opener 12-7 by jumping early on Tigers starter Brad Penny, but Detroit turned the tables in game two. Angels starter Tyler Chatwood (6-7) gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings of work and was chased after a four run Tigers sixth inning.
Rick Porcello (11-6) on the other hand pitched well again for Detroit, winning his fifth straight start. Porcello shook off a solo homer on just the second pitch of the game to Maicer Izturis and threw eight innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. Porcello finished the month of July a perfect 5-0.
Izturis’ first inning blast staked the Angels to an early lead, but Brennan Boesch responded in the bottom half of the frame, belting a mammoth homer to right field to tie the score. Both teams scored a run in the fifth, but the Tigers busted the game wide open the very next inning.
Andy Dirks and Boesch led off the frame with a hit batter and a walk, and Dirks then advanced to third on a pop fly by Miguel Cabrera. Martinez drove in Dirks with a single, then Guillen cleared the base paths with a monster triple to center field. Alex Avila singled in Guillen to give Detroit a 6-2 lead.
Detroit scored twice more in the seventh and four times in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Daniel Schlereth, recently recalled from Triple-A Toledo, pitched a rather quiet ninth inning to close the game.