The Tigers won a shootout last night as they dropped the Angels 10-7 in a game that saw Miguel Cabrera drive in five runs. He finished the game three for five with a home run, two doubles and he scored twice. Every Tiger starter had a hit in this one and the only Tiger starter who didn’t score a run was Gerald Laird. Carlos Guillen continued his solid second half with his sixth home run, a single and three RBIs.
Justin Verlander picked up the win and he improved to 14-7 although it was hardly his best start. He gave up four runs on ten hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Lyon was shelled for three runs in the eighth that made the game interesting and that was his worst outing in a while. From June 2 through the beginning of the game yesterday, he had given up just three earned runs combined and he hadn’t given up a run a run of his own since July 4. Fernando Rodney got the final four outs (two via strikeout) and he picked up his 27th save of the season.
Tonight, it’ll be Jarod Washburn going up against another one of his former teams. The Angels will throw John Lackey, who’s had a decent season despite a mediocre 8-6 record. The White Sox lost yesterday so the Tigers lead is back to 3 1/2 games and it’d be nice if the Tigers could stretch that out even further.