DETROIT (AP) - Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia knew his team couldn't afford to keep playing high-scoring games with Detroit.
He was right.
Friday, his offense was held to two runs by Detroit's Rick Porcello while the Tigers' loaded attack put up 12 runs on 15 hits in a 10-run victory.
``That's as good an offense as we've seen,' Scioscia said. ``We had some opportunities tonight - we hit some balls hard - but we weren't consistent.'
Tyler Chatwood (6-7) only allowed two runs in the first five innings, but Detroit scored 10 in the next three.
``They just jumped on me,' he said. ``My pitches were all right, but they put good swings on them.'
With one out in the sixth, Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, and Carlos Guillen followed with his first triple since July 9, 2010. Alex Avila drove in Guillen with a base hit, ending Chatwood's night and putting Detroit up 6-2.
``I thought as the inning went on, he was getting too much of the plate,' Scioscia said. ``He was aggressive with his fastball, but Martinez and Guillen jumped on them and drove them, too.'
Martinez and Guillen added RBI doubles in the seventh to give the Tigers a six-run lead, and the pair both drove in runs for the third straight inning in Detroit's three-run eighth. The pair combined for eight RBIs on five hits.
``Victor goes out there every day and shows you while he is a professional hitter - he's never afraid to just take a base hit when that's what there for him,' Leyland said. ``Carlos lets us stretch our lineup with another professional hitter, and also a switch-hitter. We had four switch-hitters out there tonight - that's not something you see from the Tigers.'
In the meantime, Porcello (11-6) was shutting the Angels down. He allowed five hits in eight innings without walking a batter, striking out six.
``That's the best we've seen him pitch,' Scioscia said. ``He was terrific. He had a good angle, good movement and a great slider.'
The teams traded solo homers in the first, with Maicer Izturis' leadoff shot being matched by Brennan Boesch's 418-footer. The Angels went ahead again in the fifth on Mark Trumbo's double - his sixth RBI in two days - but Detroit made it 2-2 in the bottom of the inning on Santiago's RBI double.
NOTES: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar made a highlight-reel play to start a 6-4-3 double play in the fourth. A bad hop bounced off his chest, but he reached down and swatted the ball with his bare hard to Izturis, who made the relay throw to first. ... Howie Kendrick lost control of his bat in the fifth inning, and it landed in the stands past third base. On the next pitch, he lined a pitch into his own dugout. No one was injured on either play. ... Austin Jackson is on pace for 177 strikeouts, which would break his own major league record for players hitting fewer than 10 homers in a season. Jackson struck out 170 times as a rookie last season.
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