ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels had all the power one night. The next, nothing but trouble.
A day after the Angels scored 11 runs on 17 hits, rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and completed 7 2/3 dominant innings to lift the Detroit Tigers over Los Angeles 3-0 on Wednesday.
The Angels struggled with infield shadows following the 4 p.m. start and showed too little discipline against the Tigers’ emerging youngster.
Fulmer (5-1) had complete control of his three main pitches - fastball, slider and changeup - and held the Angels to two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
“Every at-bat, shadows,” Angels outfielder Mike Trout said. “It was tough to pick up. You missed a pitch, you were in trouble.”
The Angels didn’t get their first hit until C.J. Cron’s broken-bat single on a 98 mph fastball with two outs in the seventh.
“The guy was commanding all three of his pitches tonight, even mixing that changeup in there in fastball counts, which made it even more effective,” Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella said. “It was hard to really go up there and sit on anything, because he was mixing things up so well.”
Fulmer has won his last four decisions and been dominant in his last three starts (one run in 23 1/3 innings). He has a 3.24 ERA this season.
The Angels were unable to cash in on a third consecutive strong start by right-hander Matt Shoemaker (3-6). He went seven innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits without surrendering a walk and striking out eight.
Shoemaker has recorded 33 strikeouts since his last walk, a franchise record.
“Another great outing from Shoe,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s definitely a mentality. … He’s found his rhythm, he’s found his delivery. He has a great process going.”
Jose Iglesias doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on Ian Kinsler’s single. In the sixth, Victor Martinez doubled and later scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single.
Los Angeles had won nine consecutive games against the Tigers at Angel Stadium.
Francisco Rodriguez got his 15th save in his first appearance at Angel Stadium since leaving the Angels in 2008. That was the year he set their single-season saves record with 62.
ALBERT PUJOLS, PINCH-HITTER
Pujols did not start for the first time this season. He pinch hit in the eighth, and Fulmer struck him out on three pitches.
Tigers: RHP Warwick Saupold was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, and RHP Bobby Parnell was called up from Triple-A Toledo. … Detroit removed RHP Anibal Sanchez from the rotation due to poor performance. “He definitely could work his way back into the rotation,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “That’s what I told him. We want him to get himself right (in the rotation) or become a valuable part of the bullpen.”
Angels: INF Cliff Pennington re-injured his left hamstring and was placed on the 15-day DL. He had just come off the DL on Saturday from the same injury. The Angels called up SS Brendan Ryan from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace him on the roster.
Tigers: They return to Detroit to open a seven-game homestand Thursday. LHP Matt Boyd (0-0) will start in a makeup game against the Yankees.
Angels: Los Angeles is off Thursday before beginning a seven-game trip with three games in Pittsburgh. RHP Jered Weaver (4-4) is scheduled to start Friday in Pittsburgh.
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