Anaheim, Calif. — The Detroit Tigers scored multiple runs in a game for the first time in four games Monday, but it wasn't enough to save them from their fourth straight defeat.
Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer and dazzled in the field to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-2 victory.
Nick Castellanos hit a first-inning homer, but the Tigers managed just three hits as their offensive slump continued. Detroit has scored just three runs over 39 innings while losing the first four games of its California road trip.
“It’s the same story,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re not pushing enough runs across. We had some opportunities, and it didn’t happen.”
Matthew Boyd (6-10) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning, but took his sixth loss in nine starts overall.
Simmons homered and made more than one spectacular defensive play. Eric Young Jr. homered and made a phenomenal play with his glove as well.
The Angels’ star shortstop was more than willing to cede the spotlight to his journeyman teammate after a revitalizing win for Los Angeles.
Young hit his first homer of the season, drove in two runs and made a diving catch in deep center field to end the eighth inning for the Angels, who won for just the second time in eight games.
“He was just trying to show off,” Simmons said with a laugh. “He was telling me he was following suit. But no, his diving play was way better, and his homer was a little farther than mine. Where the big boys hit it.”
Simmons stepped up with two key hits and two runs while Mike Trout missed his fifth consecutive game with a sore right wrist for the Angels. The two-time AL MVP’s injury absence is the second-longest of his big-league career, surpassed only by the 39 games he missed last season with a torn thumb ligament.
The Angels know they’ll struggle to score without their offensive centerpiece, but Simmons was determined to do something about it.
“We had a tough road trip, missing Mike a little bit,” Simmons said. “We talked about it. We needed the big bats, needed to hit a couple of homers to fill in for Mike.”
Not everything went well for the Angels in the opener of a six-game homestand: Nick Tropeano (5-6) pitched five innings of one-hit ball and retired 12 of his final 13 batters before heading to the clubhouse after just 62 pitches with shoulder tightness. The right-hander has struggled with shoulder problems for most of this season after missing the 2017 campaign for Tommy John surgery, including a 31-game stint on the disabled list that ended July 21.
“There was just some stiffness, and when that’s the case coming back from T.J., you’re worried about the elbow if it’s overcompensating,” Tropeano said. “We’re just going to play it by ear for the next few days.”
Kaleb Cowart ended his lengthy slump and tied it with an RBI double in the second inning before Simmons put the Angels ahead in the fourth with his seventh homer. Young added a solo shot to deep center in the fifth for his first big-league homer since last October.