Los Angeles Angels pound Detroit Tigers 11-5
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout couldn’t play on his birthday, thanks to a sore right wrist.
Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels made sure the fans in the giveaway T-shirts bearing Trout’s number still went home in a celebratory mood.
Ohtani hit a three-run homer during a seven-run first inning, and the Angels pounded out 13 hits in an 11-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Trout missed his sixth consecutive game with an injury — but for one night, his teammates didn’t miss the two-time AL MVP’s peerless bat at the Big A. Rookie catcher Francisco Arcia had a two-run single during their first-inning outburst after Detroit scored two runs in its half of the first.
With Trout sidelined, Ohtani moved up to third in the order — and he didn’t disappoint. His 411-foot drive to the opposite field was his third homer in August.
Justin Upton later added a two-run homer during Los Angeles’ second straight win over Detroit.
Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer in the fifth and drove in three runs as the Tigers emerged from their four-game offensive funk, but still dropped to 0-5 on their six-game California trip.