Scherzer, Tigers best Angels

DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer gave Detroit's beleaguered bullpen a bit of a breather. Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings -- fanning Mike Trout three times in the process -- and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday. Detroit had dropped 10 straight to the Angels, including an 11-6 loss the previous night in which Los Angeles battered the Tigers with 10 extra-base hits.th9UDW0DKT "I realized it was important to get deep into a game, and that's why even after the sixth inning I said, `Let me go back out there,'" Scherzer said. "I know our bullpen has been taxed as of late." Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for the first time since Aug. 26, 2012. Albert Pujols hit his 498th homer, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth for Los Angeles. Scherzer (1-1) allowed a run and three hits with two walks. The AL Cy Young Award winner struck Pujols out twice and shut down Trout, rebounding quickly after giving up a homer to J.B. Shuck to lead off the game. "Some days you've just got to tip your cap. (Scherzer) made a few good pitches," Trout said. "He's got good life on his fastball. The ball, in the middle, kind of rises up from that kind of sidearm motion." via Scherzer, Tigers best Angels | FOX Sports on MSN.

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