DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers had a solid performance at the plate, and their bullpen did a good job.
A wild night for Alfredo Simon proved to be the difference.
Simon became just the third pitcher in more than 40 years to throw three run-scoring wild pitches in one game, and the Tigers lost 8-7 to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
Miguel Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs for Detroit, and Drew VerHagen, Blaine Hardy and Alex Wilson combined for 4 2-3 innings of two-hit relief. But the Tigers dropped their fifth straight game.
"We hit and we got a great game from our bullpen," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "We need to put it all in the same day, though. Have the starter do a good job, the bullpen do a good job and we hit. Right now, none of that is synching up."
Simon (11-8) was charged with eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. In addition to the three wild pitches, he issued four walks.
According to STATS, Simon joined Rob Bell of the Rangers and Sergio Santos of Toronto as the only pitchers in 41 years to throw three run-scoring wild pitches in a game.
"That's happened before — I go to throw a split down and the catcher is trying to do his job and block them," he said. "I don't want to put anything on anyone. That happens. There's nothing you can do."
Jared Weaver (6-9) picked up the win, despite allowing six runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Huston Street got the final four outs for his 30th save.
Los Angeles had lost four in a row.
"That win was about the offense getting us eight runs and the bullpen finishing off the game," Weaver said. "They bailed me out."
The Angels led 3-0 before Simon recorded an out, and 4-0 in the first. Kole Calhoun started the game with a walk, Mike Trout singled and Albert Pujols hit his 554th career homer. David Murphy followed with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on Simon's first wild pitch.
Detroit responded with four runs in the third, helped by a miscue in the outfield.
With one out and a runner on first, Weaver got Anthony Gose to hit a routine fly to right-center. Trout and Calhoun both stopped to let the other take it, and the ball dropped between them for a double.
Weaver, who has had issues at Comerica Park before, hit Jose Iglesias with a pitch to load the bases. Cabrera doubled down the left-field line, clearing the bases, and scored on J. D. Martinez's single.
After the inning, Weaver screamed in frustration at his teammates.
"I wasn't yelling at Mike or anyone in particular," he said. "I told Mike afterward that I would never show up a teammate like that, and he's certainly saved more runs for me in the outfield than he's ever given up. I just wanted the whole team to realize that we're in the middle of a pennant race and we have to start playing better."
Los Angeles then scored two runs in the fourth and fifth, with Simon throwing a run-scoring wild pitch in each frame.
McCann made it 8-6 in the sixth with a two-run homer off Weaver, and Nick Castellanos added an RBI single off Joe Smith in the seventh. But Pujols saved the tying run from scoring with a diving stop of McCann's grounder.
Detroit put runners on the corners in the eighth, but Street got Victor Martinez to ground out to end the inning.
Angels: 2B Grant Green left in the fourth inning due to right knee discomfort, which left Los Angeles short-handed in the infield with Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.
Tigers: 2B Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup for a regular day off, but was on deck as a pinch hitter when the game ended. Ausmus said that he wants to get days off for LF J.D. Martinez and Cabrera in the next few days.
WEAVER'S DETROIT HISTORY
On July 31, 2011, Weaver had a meltdown after feeling he had been shown up on Magglio Ordonez's home run. After Weaver kept yelling at Ordonez, Carlos Guillen hit a seventh-inning homer, stood at the plate, flipped his bat and then skipped sideways to first, staring at Weaver. Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt tried to calm a furious Weaver and officially warned both benches, but the next pitch sailed inches over Alex Avila's head. Weaver was ejected and had to be escorted off the field by teammates while screaming at the Tigers bench.
The teams continue a three-game series Wednesday night, with Detroit RHP Justin Verlander (1-6, 3.86 ERA) facing Hector Santiago (7-7, 2.91 ERA). Verlander has allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his last eight starts, but only won one of those games.