Saturday, April 13

Tyler Alexander buckles down, Tigers get key hits to even series against Angels


Detroit — The Saturday attendance at Comerica Park was 23,581 — thousands more of which, certainly, came to see Shohei Ohtani than, say, Victor Reyes and Kody Clemens.

But Reyes, with a two-out, go-ahead single and a key diving catch, and Clemens, with a double and single coming off the bench for an injured Jonathan Schoop, helped lead the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels to even the three-game series at a one-run win apiece.

Tyler Alexander (3-7) gave up three runs on six hits through three innings and appeared headed for a short day, until he was nearly flawless over the next three innings. From the third through the sixth, he allowed a single base runner, and no runs, retiring nine in a row at one point.

BOX SCORE: Tigers 4, Angels 3

The Tigers’ bullpen did the rest, with Alex Lange, Joe Jimenez and Gregory Soto combining for three hitless innings to close out the game.

Tigers pitcher Tyler Alexander throws against the Angels in the third inning.

The game was tied at 3 through three innings, with Jeimer Candelario’s sacrifice fly scoring Eric Haase, who led off the third with a double.

Then, in the fifth, Candelario drew a one-out walk, and Clemens, in his second at-bat since coming in for Schoop after he left with a right ankle injury, singled off Angels left-handed start Reid Detmers. Tucker Barnhart followed with a strikeout for the second out, before Reyes drilled a two-out RBI single to center.

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