The AL Central-leading Tigers look to continue that home success by handing the Angels a fourth straight defeat Tuesday night.
Detroit (42-32) has been outscored 34-9 while dropping six straight to the Angels, all at Anaheim. The Tigers were held to four runs in a three-game series there April 19-21.
However, Detroit has averaged 5.0 runs while winning 13 of 19 at home against the Angels (33-43), including six of eight.
The Tigers are 4-3 on a 10-day homestand and looking for a third consecutive victory after totaling 27 runs to take three of four from AL East-leading Boston. They were the recipient of a questionable non-catch call on a fly ball to Boston outfielder Daniel Nava that opened the door for a three-run eighth inning in Sunday's 7-5 victory.
"Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it isn't," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson went 6 for 11 in the series. He's hitting .457 (16 for 35) in nine games since he returned from missing a little more than a month with a strained right hamstring.
Jackson, though, is 2 for 39 (.051) in his last nine games against Los Angeles.
Teammate Miguel Cabrera has hit .486 (17 for 35) with two homers and six RBIs in his last nine games overall. He went 6 for 11 against Los Angeles in April and is 5 for 15 with two doubles versus scheduled starter C.J. Wilson (6-5, 3.61 ERA).
The left-hander tries to end his recent road struggles while looking for a third consecutive winning start. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 14 innings over the last two - both at home - following a three-game stretch where he went 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA.
Wilson gave up two hits in seven innings of a 1-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday.
"You never want to lose 1-0; you always want to win," he said. "I've lost a lot of those games this year already."
Wilson is 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his last four road outings and 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in three starts at Comerica Park, including the postseason. His last start against the Tigers came at home April 21, when he gave up three runs and walked four in six innings of a 4-3, 13-inning win.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 12 while the Angels were swept at home by Pittsburgh over the weekend, but he's batting .548 (23 for 42) with five homers and nine RBIs in 11 regular-season games at Detroit.
Porcello allowed nine runs and nine hits while facing 11 batters in two-thirds of an inning to fall to 3-3 with a 7.68 ERA in eighth starts against Los Angeles.
Since that outing, Porcello is 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 starts. However, he gave up six runs in six innings of a 13-3 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|June 23, 2013||Peter Bourjos||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb injury|
|June 21, 2013||Jason Vargas||15-Day DL||Blood clot, left arm|
|June 21, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Right wrist soreness|
|June 10, 2013||Robert Coello||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 02, 2013||Garrett Richards||Day-to-Day||Left game - Ankle injury|
|May 28, 2013||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||Day-to-Day||Rib cage strain|
|June 17, 2013||Alex Avila||15-Day DL||Left forearm contusion|
|June 16, 2013||Anibal Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|June 08, 2013||Anibal Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder stiffness|
|May 12, 2013||Austin Jackson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
DETROIT (AP) -- Albert Pujols doubled, and the next three batters hit singles. Then there were a couple walks, some poor Detroit fielding - and by the time the inning ended, the Los Angeles Angels had scored eight runs.
"All I could do was clap and high-five," said C.J. Wilson, the Los Angeles starter who was the beneficiary of that offensive outburst. "And be stoked for my teammates that they scored that many runs."
J.B. Shuck had three hits and a career-high four RBIs, and the Angels routed the Tigers again, 14-8 on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has won seven straight against Detroit by a combined score of 48-17.
Wilson (7-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, and the Angels took advantage of six Detroit errors on a rainy night.
"It was just an ugly night for us. Obviously, they hit the ball all over the place and we didn't make some plays," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We actually swung the bats halfway decent, but we just played an ugly game. We pitched and played an ugly game."
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the third for the Tigers, but he also made two errors.
Rick Porcello (4-5) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. The Angels scored nine runs off him in two-thirds of an inning in April. This start looked better at first, but Los Angeles broke through in a big way in the fifth.
The game was tied at 2 when Pujols hit a one-out double in the fifth. Mark Trumbo followed with a single, and Howie Kendrick 's single gave the Angels the lead.
They weren't done. Josh Hamilton 's single brought home another run - Torii Hunter 's throw might have been in time, but catcher Bryan Holaday couldn't handle it on the bounce - and with runners on second and third, Alberto Callaspo was intentionally walked.
Darin Downs relieved Porcello and allowed all three inherited runners to score. He walked Hank Conger to force in a run, and Erick Aybar 's sacrifice fly made it 6-2. Shuck followed with an RBI single, and a single by Mike Trout brought home another run.
Pujols' RBI single made it 9-2 and chased Downs. Evan Reed came on and immediately made a wild pickoff throw to first for an error, allowing one more run to come home.
The Angels snapped a three-game losing streak with their highest-scoring game of the season. It was also the most runs allowed by the Tigers.
Los Angeles is still 10 games out of first place in the AL West.
"We need to do everything right to get to where we need to get - to be in the race," Wilson said. "We need to get lucky. We're so far back right now, it's not even scoreboard watching. We have to really pull together and get the most out of ourselves."
Hamilton had three hits after entering the night in an 0-for-15 slump. He also scored three runs.
Cabrera beat out Trout last year for AL MVP, and each star made his presence felt in the third. Trout drove in the game's first run with a single, and Cabrera answered with an opposite-field homer, his 21st.
Wilson threw seven scoreless innings in his previous start. He wasn't as sharp Tuesday, allowing three runs in the fifth immediately after his teammates had given him a 10-2 lead.
Shuck made it 11-5 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, scoring Aybar, who had walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Holaday.
Los Angeles tacked on three more runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Aybar and a two-run single by Shuck. Cabrera made both his errors that inning.
It was the first time all season a team has made more than four errors.
Detroit remains 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central.
It was raining for much of the second half of the game, and hardly any fans were left at the end. The game took 4 hours, 3 minutes.
Although the outcome wasn't in much doubt, the Angels still struggled to get the final few outs. Ramon Santiago , who was hitting .163 and had entered as a replacement for Cabrera, drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to make it 14-7.
A streak of lightning was visible in the distance when Hamilton caught Don Kelly 's sacrifice fly for the second out, and Victor Martinez grounded out to end it.
"It maybe took a little bit longer, but we did what we had to," Shuck said. "It was kind of cool - some pretty cool lightning in the background to watch."
NOTES: It was the second-longest nine-inning game in baseball this season, according to STATS. The Angels have been involved in all three of the nine-inning games that reached 4 hours. ... Detroit agreed to terms with two of this year's draft picks, RHPs Jeff Thompson and Chad Green. The Tigers also came to terms with RHP Joe Jimenez, an undrafted free agent. ... RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2) starts for the Angels on Wednesday night against LHP Jose Alvarez (1-0) of the Tigers.