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Angels Edge By Tigers 8-7

Alfredo Simon took the start for the Tigers against the LA Angels on Tuesday night.  (Gabe Rodriguez)

Alfredo Simon took the start for the Tigers against the LA Angels on Tuesday night.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

The LA Angels arrived at Comerica Park on Tuesday to start a mid-week series against the Detroit Tigers. After offensive blasts by both teams, it would be the Angels that would take the 8-7 win in the opening game of the series.

RHP Jered Weaver took the mound for the Angels as  Alfredo Simon (ERA 4.89) took the start for the Tigers.

Albert Pujols helped the Angels take an early lead in the top of the first with a three run homerun on a line drive to left off of Simon. A wild pitch while C.J. Cron was batting allowed David Murphy to score and put LA up 4-0.

The Tigers were able to tie the game at four in the bottom of the third. A three run double by Miguel Cabrera on a line drive to left and then a RBI single by J. D. Martinez sent Cabrera home.

But, it didn’t take LA very long to get back on top in the top of the fourth as they were able to get two more runs off of Simon before chasing him with a 6-4 ballgame.

Simon went just four and one third innings and was charged with eight runs off of nine hits; walking four and striking out just two batters on 102 pitches. The other two runs that Simon was charged with were a RBI double by Erick Aybar and a run off of a wild pitch both in the top of the fifth to make it 8-4.

Drew VerHagen (ERA 4.05) pitched the next two and two thirds for Detroit with just one hit and no runs allowed.

James McCann helped the Tigers tack two more runs on with a two run homer on a fly ball to left center field off of Jered Weaver.

Weaver went five and two third innings allowing six runs off of seven  hits; striking out just one on 86 pitches.

Trevor Gott (ERA 1.65) then closed out the sixth for the Angels.

In the bottom of the seventh with Joe Smith pitching for LA, the Tigers were able to cut the score to 8-7 with a RBI single by Nick Castellanos on a ground ball to left field.

The Angels (63-61) and Tigers (59-65) will meet again on Wednesday night for the second game of the series with Justin Verlander (3.86, 1-6) going head to head against Hector Santiago (2.91, 7-7).

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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