DETROIT (AP) — Doug Fister gave up just two hits over eight innings and Prince Fielder capped a four-run second inning with a two-run single to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Wednesday night.
Fister (4-6) allowed one run on Albert Pujols’ homer, struck out a season-high 10 and walked two for his third straight win. Joaquin Benoit replaced him in the ninth inning and gave up a one-out triple to hot-hitting rookie Mike Trout, who scored on Torii Hunter’s groundout for the Angels’ second run.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson (9-6) gave up a season-high seven runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out seven over six innings, extending his winless streak to three starts.
Pujols hit a two-out solo homer, his 17th, in the first inning to give Los Angeles its only lead — which didn’t last long. Delmon Young made it 1-all in the home half.
The Tigers provided Fister with more than enough run support in the second inning.
Brennan Boesch led off with a double, Gerald Laird drew a four-pitch walk and Ryan Raburn turned boos into cheers with an RBI single. Miguel Cabrera had with an RBI groundout and Fielder followed with a sharply hit single to left field that made it 5-1.
Boesch hit a two-run double in the fifth.
The rough night might’ve given Wilson flashbacks. In his last start at Detroit — for the Texas Rangers — he gave up six runs in a 7-5 loss in Game 5 of the AL championship series.
NOTES: The Tigers plan to start Jacob Turner on Sunday against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox after he gave up seven runs in just two innings in a 13-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night. … The Angels are hopeful that Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta can take another step in their comebacks from the disabled list with rehab assignments this weekend.