finished his second career complete game in style.
Throwing fastballs clocked as high as 98 mph, Jackson struck out
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
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
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.''
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.''
led off the game with a single and
followed with an RBI double to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead but Escobar struggled in the bottom half.
singled with one out and
tied it with an RBI single and
put Detroit in front with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers had a chance to add to their lead in the seventh when
led off with a single against
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.
Notes: The Tigers optioned 1B
to Triple-A Toledo after the game and activated OF
from the disabled list. Thames has been sidelined since April 18 with a rib-cage strain. ... Angels reliever
hit the backstop with a 1-2 pitch that sailed over the head of
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.