Although Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos was tagged out by Tigers third… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
It was a high-wire act for Angels starter Tommy Hanson and two relievers Friday night, but the defense provided a nice safety net, and the offense provided a rare cushion in an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium.
Detroit had 16 baserunners, and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning when it trailed only 2-0. But the powerful Tigers, who were shut out in Seattle on Thursday, didn't score until the ninth, after the Angels broke open the game with five eighth-inning runs.
The Angels turned two double plays, third baseman Luis Jimenez made diving and lunging stops of grounders down the line, and Mike Trout made a diving catch in left field to end the sixth, the best defensive night of the season for a team that committed an American League-high 12 errors in its first 14 games, 10 of which were losses.
Peter Bourjos capped a three-hit night with a three-run triple to center in the eighth, a hit that followed Mark Trumbo's single, Chris Iannetta's double and a walk by Jimenez, who had two singles, three runs and is batting .474 since replacing the injured Alberto Callaspo.
Trout followed with an RBI double to right, and Albert Pujols added another insurance run with an RBI single to left.
Hanson blanked the Tigers through six innings despite allowing six hits and walking four. He was replaced in the seventh by Mark Lowe, who allowed one-out walks to Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter in front of two of the most dangerous hitters in baseball, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
Left-hander Sean Burnett replaced Lowe and gave up a single to Cabrera to load the bases, but he got Fielder to ground to second baseman Howie Kendrick, who flipped to shortstop Andrew Romine to start an inning-ending double play.
Callaspo, sidelined since April 12 because of right-calf tightness, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and replaced on the roster by reliever Michael Kohn, who missed all of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery.
Kohn threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and one save in five appearances at triple-A Salt Lake. He went 2-0 with a 2.11 earned-run average in 24 games for the Angels in 2010 before struggling and injuring his elbow in 2012.
Ryan Madson's mechanics were way off during a 20-pitch simulated game in which he faced four batters Friday, but his surgically repaired elbow felt fine. "It's not a setback," said Madson, who hopes to return in early May. "It's just one of those things. I'm still going in the right direction." . . . The shoulder strain that sent Kevin Jepsen to the DL is actually in the armpit area. The reliever is on medication and undergoing therapy and hopes to begin throwing next week. . . . Shortstop Erick Aybar, on the DL because of a left-heel bruise, is several days away from resuming baseball activities.