The West Coast slide turned into a sweep as the Detroit Tigers tumbled to their sixth straight defeat, losing 6-0 to the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday at Angels Stadium.
Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton (two-run shot) homered off Tigers starter Blaine Hardy, who gave up five runs on seven hits before giving way to Artie Lewicki, who was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Toledo, in the sixth.
Detroit was outscored 32-8 and shut out three times on the six-game West Coast trip to Oakland and Anaheim.
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.
“We’ve got a lot of guys struggling at the same time, a lot of guys fighting it,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve got a day off, and we know we play better at home. We’ve got time to maybe work on a few things. We’ve got to get back on the positive side mentally.”
The Tigers were limited to five hits in the series finale with Jeimer Candelario supplying the team's lone extra-base hit.
Candelario led off the fourth with a double to center but was left stranded after Victor Martinez popped out to the catcher while Niko Goodrum and Jim Adduci both flew out to left.
Mike Trout missed his seventh consecutive game with a sore right wrist, but the Angels still scored 23 runs in the three-game series without their best player.
“Obviously you never want to play many games without a guy like Mike in our lineup, but I think we’re holding our own,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Angels broke it open in the fifth when Upton connected on a full-count change-up from Hardy (4-4) for a two-run homer. Moments later, Pujols added his 632nd career homer.
The Tigers haven’t won a series at Angel Stadium since August 2009, and they’ve lost 24 of their past 31 games in Anaheim. They’ve also lost 31 of their 43 meetings overall with the Angels since September 2012.
Detroit (47-68), which falls to 21 games under .500 with the latest loss, returns to action Friday against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. First pitch is 7:10.