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Angels spoil Hunter's homecoming

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels were all thrilled to see Torii Hunter, joining in Angel Stadium's standing ovation for their former teammate before his first plate appearance.

The Angels then put together a victory that finally earned them a few cheers of their own.

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Peter Bourjos had three hits and three RBIs, Trout and Albert Pujols drove in two runs apiece, and the Angels slowed the worst start in franchise history with an 8-1 victory over Hunter's Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Pujols had three hits and Brendan Harris added an early RBI double for the Angels, who had a season-high 16 hits. Their 5-10 start still matches the 1961 expansion team's miserable beginning, but a comprehensive win over the defending AL champions was greeted with relief and excitement.

"It was a very good, complete game for us," Trout said. "It's a good feeling when things click like that. We need more of that."

Tommy Hanson and four relievers combined on a rocky 10-hitter for the beleaguered Angels pitching staff, giving up their only run with two outs in the ninth. Rookie Luis Jimenez added two hits and scored three runs while playing standout defense at third base for the Angels, who got a much-needed boost in their first game since Tuesday.

"We haven't played many good ones, but this was certainly one of them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Angels stumbled back to Anaheim after seven losses in nine games. Wednesday's game in Minnesota was rained out, and the Angels had Thursday off before hosting Detroit for the only time this season.

Hanson (2-1) then labored through six scoreless innings for the Angels, yielding six hits and four walks while getting bailed out repeatedly by his defense. The Southern California product still earned his first career victory at Angel Stadium and interrupted the sequence of terrible starts by Los Angeles' rotation, which began the night with a majors-worst 6.07 ERA.

"I don't feel like anyone has panicked in this clubhouse," Hanson said after his first scoreless start since June 2011 with Atlanta. "We know we're a good team, and we're going to play well. I feel like we just need to get rolling, and I don't think anybody is second-guessing our team in this clubhouse."

Hanson was in trouble from the start, allowing a runner into scoring position in each of the first five innings, but he kept the Tigers scoreless with help from two well-timed double plays by a defense that had committed an AL-worst 12 errors. Detroit then loaded the bases against relievers Mark Lowe and Sean Burnett in the seventh, but Prince Fielder grounded into a double play.

Anibal Sanchez (2-1) gave up 11 hits while pitching into the seventh inning for the Tigers, who have lost two straight.

Detroit capped an ugly game with a defensive miscue: During Los Angeles' five-run eighth inning, Bourjos cleared the bases with a triple off Octavio Dotel when Detroit outfielders Austin Jackson and Matt Tuiasosopo misplayed his catchable drive to the warning track.

"This was really the first time all year where we just didn't play a very good game," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Sanchez was good, but we didn't come up with the big hit when we needed it and we just didn't play very well, which is uncharacteristic for us."

Hunter extended his hitting streak to 12 games after receiving a standing ovation in the former Los Angeles outfielder's first night back in Anaheim. Hunter acknowledged the cheers with a tip of his batting helmet to the stands and the Angels' dugout before hitting a single to improve his average to .422.

"It was awesome," Hunter said. "It got so loud, you have to tip your cap and acknowledge the fact for the respect they gave me."

Hunter spent the past five seasons with the Angels as a steady slugger and their unofficial team captain, taking a prominent leadership role in the clubhouse and the public eye. He repeated his long-stated desire to retire with the Angels after hitting a career-best .313 with 92 RBIs last season.

But Angels owner Arte Moreno declined to re-sign the 37-year-old free agent, even at less than market value, instead handing $125 million to former MVP Josh Hamilton, who's hitting .200 after going 1 for 5.

Hunter got another ovation when he ran out to right field in the bottom of the first, with fans holding signs declaring their love and thanks. Hunter pointed at the elevated right-field stands and tapped his chest.

"I just came to play the game hard and tried to treat people like I wanted to be treated," Hunter said. "I was very respectful to the fans and the organization, and I guess that's the testament -- a standing ovation. That shows I did my job while I was here for five years. They're the top fans in the game. They've got to be. Those guys are awesome. I love 'em."

Notes

  • Jimenez is playing in the absence of 3B Alberto Callaspo, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right calf.
  • Los Angeles recalled RHP Michael Kohn, improving its bullpen depth in the injury absences of relievers Ryan Madson and Kevin Jepsen.
 
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Torii Hunter tips his cap to Angels fans in his first game back since signing with the Tigers in the offseason.  (Getty Images)
Torii Hunter tips his cap to Angels fans in his first game back since signing with the Tigers in the offseason. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

P. Bourjos
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3000200 .333
Torii Hunter, RF4120101 .418
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4031101 .348
Prince Fielder, 1B4000104 .328
Victor Martinez, DH3010112 .196
Andy Dirks, LF3010001 .190
   a- Matt Tuiasosopo, PH-LF1000010 .333
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010002 .302
Alex Avila, C4020001 .189
Ramon Santiago, 2B4000014 .111
Totals34110163  
a-struck out for Dirks in the 8th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (7, De La Rosa), Jhonny Peralta (4, Downs)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (18)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (10)
SB - Austin Jackson 2 (4, 2nd base off Hanson/Iannetta, 2nd base off Lowe/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Jackson 1
E - Jhonny Peralta (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (L,2-1) 6.21132030 1.75
Darin Downs 0.1000010 2.16
Octavio Dotel 0.2455100 13.50
Brayan Villarreal 0.1100000 30.38
WP - Anibal Sanchez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 92-61, Darin Downs 6-3, Octavio Dotel 30-17, Brayan Villarreal 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 7-9, Octavio Dotel 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 30, Darin Downs 1, Octavio Dotel 7, Brayan Villarreal 2
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peter Bourjos, CF4133000 .267
Mike Trout, LF4112012 .297
Albert Pujols, DH5032002 .309
    J.B. Shuck, PR-DH0000000 .333
Josh Hamilton, RF5010013 .200
Mark Trumbo, 1B4020012 .323
Howie Kendrick, 2B4110011 .263
Chris Iannetta, C4220001 .273
Brendan Harris, SS3011002 .263
    Andrew Romine, SS1000002 .077
Luis Jimenez, 3B3320101 .474
Totals37816814  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (7, Dotel), Chris Iannetta (1, Dotel), Brendan Harris (1, Sanchez)
3B - Peter Bourjos (2, Dotel)
SF - Mike Trout (1)
SH - Peter Bourjos (1)
RBI - Peter Bourjos 3 (6), Mike Trout 2 (7), Albert Pujols 2 (10), Brendan Harris (3)
2-OUT RBI - Peter Bourjos 3 (3), Mike Trout (4), Albert Pujols 2 (5), Brendan Harris (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Harris-Trumbo, Jimenez-Kendrick, Kendrick-Romine-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,2-1) 6600420 4.24
Mark Lowe (H,1) 0.1000200 11.37
Sean Burnett (H,2) 0.2100000 1.29
Scott Downs (H,3) 1100010 4.76
Dane De La Rosa 1211000 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 102-57, Mark Lowe 17-7, Sean Burnett 6-4, Scott Downs 10-7, Dane De La Rosa 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-8, Mark Lowe 1-0, Sean Burnett 1-0, Scott Downs 2-0, Dane De La Rosa 1-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 26, Mark Lowe 3, Sean Burnett 2, Scott Downs 4, Dane De La Rosa 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39023
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Clint Fagan