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TODAY IS Tuesday October 23rd
Homers help Angels beat Tigers 6-0
Thursday Aug 09, 2018 12:00am

(ANAHEIM) - After getting three big homers and nine innings of outstanding pitching to complete a series sweep, the Los Angeles Angels are headed into a day off with a rare feeling of contentment in their disappointing season. The Detroit Tigers are just grateful to be going home after a horrific California road trip ended with nothing but losses. Justin Upton and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning, and the Angels swept the Tigers with a 6-0 victory Wednesday. Kole Calhoun hit a leadoff homer and rookie Jaime Barria (7-7) pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning for the Angels, who were in a 1-6 skid before getting back to .500 with their first series sweep since early June. The atmosphere was quiet down the hall as the struggling Tigers packed up for the plane: Detroit scored only eight runs on its 0-6 road trip, getting shut out three times. All but three of Detroit's runs over 58 innings of play out West came in Tuesday night's 11-5 loss to the Angels. The Angels broke it open in the fifth when Upton connected on a full-count changeup from Blaine Hardy (4-4) for a two-run homer. Moments later, Pujols added his 632nd career homer. Hardy yielded seven hits over five innings for the Tigers, who are headed home without a win on the West Coast. Detroit has lost 21 of its past 26 road games overall.

Detroit pitcher Blaine Hardy watches LA's Justin Upton circle the bases following a home run in Wednesday's game which the Angels won 6-0 (photo courtesy of Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
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