DETROIT- A true pitchers duel tilted the Angels way, as Howie Kendrick and Zach Greinke lead the Halos to a 2-1 see saw battle before a crowd of 39,356 at Comerica Park Friday Night. Greinke stifled the Tigers bats during his 7.2 Innings of work, allowing five hits, walking two, striking out five and he allowed just one run via Miguel Cabrera's solo Homer, who was able to play after leaving Thursday's game vs. Toronto with a right ankle injury.
The Angels also won their fourth straight game and second straight game without Albert Pujols, who sat out the contest in wake of right calf inflammation that keep out of the lineup on Friday. Howie Kendrick had the big bat for the Halos, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
The Angels bullpen continued to begin it's resurgence as a dominating force as Scott Downs and Garrett Richards held Detroit to no runs or hits in their innings of work. Richards also recorded his first save, filling in for Ernesto Frieri, who worked more than he share of pitches in the wacky 14-13 win over Boston to complete the three game sweep of the BoSox.
However, there wasn't a real drastic change in either the American League West or AL Wild Card Standings, as both Texas and Oakland won in the West, keeping the Angels 8.5 games out of first and the Halos still remain 2.5 back of the second Wild Card spot.
ANGELS 2 Tigers 1
(W) Greinke (11-5)
(L) Porcello (9-9)
(S) Richards (1)
(HR) Cabrera (DET/393 Ft.)