Ex-Tiger Ian Kinsler powers Los Angeles Angels past Detroit, 9-2
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Ian Kinsler has been working tirelessly in the batting cage, trying to turn around what has been his worst season offensively.
For one game at least, it paid off.
Kinsler hit a three-run homer in the second inning as part of a 3-for-3 performance to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 Tuesday night.
He entered the game in a 2-for-27 slump during the current road trip. After the victory, he raised his batting average to .195 with about a third into the season.
“Long time coming,” Kinsler said. “Yeah, it’s definitely a relief.”
Luis Valbuena homered twice and Martin Maldonado added a two-run homer in the eighth inning for Los Angeles.
Nick Tropeano (3-3) made the most of Los Angeles’ offensive display, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Tropeano said the early lead allowed him to relax and pitch to contact.
Michael Fulmer (2-4) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings with four walks.
“Everyone in here is doing their job right now, and I’m not,” Fulmer said. “I’m kind of embarrassed because I’ve always been able to go out there and help the team win games, and I’m not doing that right now.”
JaCoby Jones homered for the Tigers in the fifth, and Jeimer Candelario connected in the sixth.
Noe Ramirez, Jose Alvarez, Justin Anderson and Blake Parker combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Angels.