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Tigers' Fister fans 10, stymies Angels

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DETROIT -- Doug Fister is starting to pitch the way he did last season -- and that's great news for the Detroit Tigers.

Fister gave up only two hits over eight innings and Prince Fielder capped a four-run second inning with a two-run single to help Detroit beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Wednesday night.

"It was another step in the right direction," the right-hander said.

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Fister (4-6) allowed one run on Albert Pujols' home run, struck out a season-high 10 and walked two for his third consecutive victory.

He has had two stints on the disabled list this season with a strained left side, stunting his chances to follow up on what he did last year to help the Tigers win their division for the first time since 1987. Fister was 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA for Detroit after it acquired him from Seattle in a six-player trade nearly a year ago.

"Any time you take a hit or an injury, it's difficult to deal with," he said. "But at the same time, it's what makes you stronger, how you can mentally climb through something."

The Angels, meanwhile, hope starter C.J. Wilson can regain the form he had earlier this season.

Wilson (9-6) gave up a season-high seven runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out seven over six innings, extending his winless streak to three starts.

"I think it was just an anomaly," he insisted. "They hit a lot of grounders in the right spots, and a couple balls that landed just in front of our outfielders. Over the course of a season, those things usually even out."

The rough night might've given Wilson flashbacks. In his previous start at Detroit -- for the Texas Rangers -- he gave up six runs in six innings of a 7-5 loss in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

"It looked like he couldn't get a feel for the baseball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He got behind, and that led to some walks and some hits. He's a pitcher that relies a lot on movement, and sometimes that means he will get behind hitters."

Pujols hit a two-out solo home run, his 17th, in the first inning to give Los Angeles its only lead -- which didn't last long. Delmon Young made it 1-1 in the home half and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Tigers provided Fister with more than enough run support in the second inning.

Brennan Boesch led off with a double, Gerald Laird drew a four-pitch walk and Ryan Raburn turned boos into cheers with an RBI single. Miguel Cabrera had with an RBI groundout and Fielder followed with a sharply hit single to left field that made it 5-1. Fielder is hitting .643 with runners in scoring position this month.

Boesch hit another double, driving in two runs, in the fifth to help the Tigers win for the ninth time in 11 games.

"We're starting to click a little bit," he said.

Joaquin Benoit replaced Fister in the ninth inning and gave up a one-out triple to hot-hitting rookie Mike Trout, who scored on Torii Hunter's groundout for the Angels' second run.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland was going to give Fister a shot at pitching a complete game, but changed course when he felt stiff.

"It was a no-brainer," Leyland said.

Fister agreed.

"We just didn't want to take any chances," he said. "It was a good call."

Notes

  • Pujols limped off the field after getting tagged out in the fourth inning and seemed to be favoring his left leg, but stayed in the game. "He's fouled a couple balls off [his left foot], and he hit a base wrong in New York, so it bothers him from time to time," Scioscia said. "He just took a bad stride going down to second, and it bothered him a little. But our trainers have been checking him out and it isn't anything we are concerned about. Guys play nicked up all the time. He's fine."
  • The Tigers plan to start Jacob Turner on Sunday against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox after he gave up seven runs in only two innings in a 13-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night.
  • The Angels are hopeful that Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta can take another step in their comebacks from the disabled list with rehab assignments this weekend.
  • The Angels were encouraged by how Angels RHP Dan Haren (lower back stiffness) threw in a bullpen session Wednesday.
 
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Doug Fister retires 23 of the 26 batters he faces, including the final 11. His 10 strikeouts are three off his career high.  (Getty Images)
Doug Fister retires 23 of the 26 batters he faces, including the final 11. His 10 strikeouts are three off his career high. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Fister
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 2
K 10
Detroit

B. Boesch
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF4110020 .353
Torii Hunter, RF4001020 .272
Albert Pujols, 1B3111110 .278
Mark Trumbo, LF2000100 .309
Kendrys Morales, DH3000021 .281
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3010010 .249
Howard Kendrick, 2B3000010 .276
Erick Aybar, SS3000000 .261
John Hester, C2000010 .220
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH1000000 .228
Totals28232210  
a-flied out for Hester in the 9th
Batting
3B - Mike Trout (4, Benoit)
HR - Albert Pujols (17, Fister)
RBI - Torii Hunter (39), Albert Pujols (57)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (16)
CS - Alberto Callaspo (3, 2nd base by Fister/Laird)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (L,9-6) 6877570 2.82
Hisanori Takahashi 1000000 4.18
Kevin Jepsen 1000010 6.17
WP - C.J. Wilson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 119-65, Hisanori Takahashi 10-6, Kevin Jepsen 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 7-3, Hisanori Takahashi 1-2, Kevin Jepsen 2-0
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 30, Hisanori Takahashi 3, Kevin Jepsen 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4000024 .314
Ryan Raburn, LF3111100 .172
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3211111 .327
Prince Fielder, 1B4022011 .305
Delmon Young, DH4011002 .273
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100112 .264
Brennan Boesch, RF3122010 .252
    Don Kelly, RF1000000 .182
Gerald Laird, C3100101 .288
Danny Worth, 2B3110120 .197
Totals3178758  
Batting
2B - Brennan Boesch 2 (17, Wilson, Wilson)
RBI - Ryan Raburn (12), Miguel Cabrera (75), Prince Fielder 2 (67), Delmon Young (40), Brennan Boesch 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (24), Delmon Young (18), Brennan Boesch 2 (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Laird-Worth
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (W,4-6) 82112101 4.04
Joaquin Benoit 1111000 3.14
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 108-66, Joaquin Benoit 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 8-4, Joaquin Benoit 2-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 26, Joaquin Benoit 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37915
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Andy Fletcher