Anaheim at Detroit

L.A. Angels
W: E. Jackson (6-3) L: K. Escobar (0-1)
HR: ANA - None   DET - None

Tigers' Jackson dazzles Angels with complete game wire reports

DETROIT -- Edwin Jackson finished his second career complete game in style.

Throwing fastballs clocked as high as 98 mph, Jackson struck out Bobby Abreu, Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter to complete a four-hitter in Detroit's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

"It was the end of the game, and I was going to leave everything on the field," he said. "I knew it was my game to win, and it was only 2-1, so I couldn't make any mistakes against those three hitters. It felt great."

Jackson (6-3) improved to 5-1 with a minuscule 0.76 ERA in his last six starts. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 109 pitches as Detroit snapped a four-game skid.

"That kid has always had a great arm, but he found another gear tonight, the way he finished that game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "In his last handful of starts, he's been as good as any pitcher in the game."

Over the last month, Jackson and teammate Justin Verlander have been lights out. Verlander, who is 6-0 in his last eight outings, threw eight shutout innings but didn't get a decision in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

"Those two aren't going to be perfect every time, but we know we're probably going to get some good innings from them," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We've got a tough stretch coming up -- the Angels tomorrow and then five games in Chicago in four nights, so this was big, because we've only needed one inning from our bullpen in two days."

Kelvim Escobar went five innings for the Angels in his first start since 2007, allowing two runs and four hits. The right-hander missed all of last year after elbow surgery.

"We're excited about the way he looked tonight," Scioscia said. "He got behind in the count too many times, because he didn't have his best command, but he had a lot of pitches working tonight."

A night after the teams scored all of their runs in the ninth inning, there was no scoring after the first -- something that remains a concern for Leyland.

"The pitching was great tonight, but we have to get some runs," he said. "We still aren't swinging the bats well."

Chone Figgins led off the game with a single and Bobby Abreu followed with an RBI double to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead but Escobar struggled in the bottom half.

Placido Polanco singled with one out and Clete Thomas walked. Magglio Ordonez tied it with an RBI single and Curtis Granderson put Detroit in front with a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers had a chance to add to their lead in the seventh when Josh Anderson led off with a single against Darren Oliver and took second on Polanco's sacrifice. Thomas then bunted for a hit, putting runners on the corners, but Ordonez hit into a double play.


  • The Tigers optioned 1B Jeff Larish to Triple-A Toledo after the game and activated OF Marcus Thames from the disabled list. Thames has been sidelined since April 18 with a rib-cage strain.
  • Angels reliever Jason Bulger hit the backstop with a 1-2 pitch that sailed over the head of Brandon Inge in the sixth inning. On the next pitch, Inge's foul tip hit plate umpire Tom Hallion on the right bicep, causing a short delay while he was attended to by the Tigers training staff.
  • Abreu's first-inning double was the 1,999th hit of his career. He went 1-for-4.
  • Escobar was the Angels' 11th starting pitcher this season, their most since they used 16 in 2000.
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Edwin Jackson has been nearly untouchable with a 5-1 record and a 0.76 ERA in his last six starts. (AP)
Edwin Jackson has been nearly untouchable with a 5-1 record and a 0.76 ERA in his last six starts. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Jackson
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 5

C. Figgins
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4120001 .306
Bobby Abreu, RF4011010 .294
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4000011 .256
Torii Hunter, CF4010021 .314
Kendry Morales, 1B3000002 .273
Juan Rivera, LF3000001 .294
Maicer Izturis, SS3000000 .261
Mike Napoli, C3000010 .264
Howie Kendrick, 2B2000100 .227
2B - Bobby Abreu (10, Jackson), Torii Hunter (13, Jackson)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (26)
CS - Chone Figgins (5, 2nd base by Jackson/Laird)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Napoli-Izturis, Figgins-Kendrick-Morales, Napoli-Izturis
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar (L,0-1) 5422450 3.60
Jason Bulger 1100020 4.24
Darren Oliver 2300020 2.92
HBP - Polanco (by Kelvim Escobar)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 92-51, Jason Bulger 19-12, Darren Oliver 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 5-4, Jason Bulger 1-0, Darren Oliver 2-0
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 23, Jason Bulger 4, Darren Oliver 7
Detroit Tigers
Josh Anderson, LF4010011 .269
Placido Polanco, 2B2120000 .252
Clete Thomas, RF3110122 .243
Magglio Ordonez, DH3011102 .281
Curtis Granderson, CF2001112 .269
Brandon Inge, 3B3010112 .278
Jeff Larish, 1B4010023 .216
Gerald Laird, C3010001 .229
Ramon Santiago, SS3000022 .295
2B - Jeff Larish (3, Bulger)
SF - Curtis Granderson (2)
SH - Placido Polanco (4)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (21), Curtis Granderson (34)
SB - Placido Polanco (1, 2nd base off Escobar/Napoli), Curtis Granderson (10, 2nd base off Escobar/Napoli)
CS - Brandon Inge (4, 2nd base by Oliver/Napoli), Ramon Santiago (2, 2nd base by Escobar/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson (W,6-3) 9411150 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 109-67
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 8-13
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 31
Game Information
Attendance - 32367
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi