DETROIT – Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs, and Erick Aybar’s two-run shot gave Los Angeles the lead for good as the Angels beat Detroit 7-4 on Wednesday night for their eighth consecutive win over the Tigers.
The Angels have outscored the Tigers 55-21 during the streak.
Miguel Cabrera and former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter homered for Detroit.
Los Angeles emergency starter Billy Buckner gave up three runs and three hits in three- plus innings. He replaced Tommy Hanson, who was scratched after feeling tightness in his right forearm while warming up in the bullpen before the game.
Buckner was pulled in favor of Dane De La Rosa after walking Jhonny Peralta and giving up Andy Dirks’ infield single to lead off the fourth.
De La Rosa (2-1) got two quick outs before walking Austin Jackson to load the bases. But he fanned Hunter to end the inning. De La Rosa allowed a hit in two innings.
Scott Downs and Michael Kohn combined for a scoreless two innings, and Kevin Jepsen gave up an unearned run on catcher Mark Iannetta’s passed ball in the eighth. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.
Detroit starter Jose Alvarez (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was pulled after giving up Aybar’s two-run homer with two outs in the sixth that put Los Angeles ahead 4-3.
Aybar lofted Alvarez’s first pitch just over the fence in left for his third homer, scoring Iannetta, who had singled with two out.
Los Angeles added three in the seventh against Drew Smyly on Trout’s RBI double, Josh Hamilton’s groundout and Alberto Callaspo’s run-scoring single.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back homers by Hunter and Cabrera.
Hunter, who played for the Angels the previous five seasons before signing a two-year contract with Detroit, drove Buckner’s 3-2 pitch into the left-center field stands for his fourth home run.
Cabrera then lined a 2-0 pitch out of the park for his 22nd home run and second in two days. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Victor Martinez doubled with two outs but was stranded when Peralta sent Trout to the warning track to haul in his drive.
Trout tied it with a two-run shot in the third. After J.B. Shuck led off with a double, he sent Alvarez’s 2-1 offering out for his 13th.
Prince Fielder’s run-scoring single gave Detroit a 3-2 lead in the third.