DETROIT (AP) — Former Tiger Jefry Marte had three RBI and Tyler Skaggs shut down the Detroit offense in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 victory on Sunday.
After scoring 35 runs in the four games before this series, the Tigers were limited to six runs in the three-game weekend set against the Angels. It is the ninth time this season the Tigers have been shut out.
The victory gave the Angels back-to-back road series wins for the first time this season.
Marte hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning off Anibal Sanchez (7-13) for the first runs of the game. It was Marte’s 10th home run of the season and first since Aug. 17. He played in 33 games with the Tigers last season.
The Angels added three more runs in the sixth, on sacrifice flies by Andrelton Simmons and Marte, plus an RBI double by Nick Buss.
Skaggs (2-3), pitching for the first time at Comerica Park, allowed just two hits while striking out six in six innings.
Sanchez gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The only Tiger with a hit off Skaggs was Miguel Cabrera, who had a single in the first and a double in the fourth.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez declined to discuss his third-inning ejection in Saturday’s game. Catcher James McCann, who was not ejected but did not agree with a called third strike in the second inning, said, “At the end of the day, we have to find a way to take it out of the umpire’s hand. Unfortunately last night, I don’t know that we were able to do that.”
Marte became the fourth Angels rookie in the last six seasons with 10 or more home runs, joining C.J. Cron, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo.
Angels: Although 3B Yunel Escobar (concussion) is ready to start baseball activities Monday, Mike Scioscia won’t commit to him playing next weekend against Seattle. “If he feels good to play before then, we’ll get him in before then, but we’ve got to wait and see when he can get back to baseball activities and how he works out on the field the next day,” Scioscia said.
Tigers: RHP Mike Pelfrey (low back strain) will make his first rehabilitation start Monday with Triple-A Toledo. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he would throw 40-45 pitches. Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will make his second rehabilitation start Wednesday and is set to throw about 60 pitches.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker will be making his first career appearance against the Cincinnati Reds. In eight career interleague games, seven of which were starts, Shoemaker is 3-3 with a 3.02 ERA.
Tigers: LHP Matt Boyd will be making his third career start against the Chicago White Sox. In his last eight starts, Boyd is 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA.