Rodriguez, Boyd lead Tigers in win over Angels

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Detroit Tigers’ Ronny Rodriguez reacts to his one-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Ronny Rodriguez drove in a career-high four runs and Matthew Boyd pitched six strong innings, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 Wednesday night.

Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the first inning. The second-year player had an RBI single in the two-run third and a run-scoring double in the four-run fifth to put Detroit up 7-1 and to match his career high with three hits.

That was plenty of support for Boyd, who had his seventh straight quality start.

Boyd (4-2) allowed only one run on David Fletcher’s leadoff homer and just two more hits after the blast to left. He had six strikeouts, including two while facing superstar Mike Trout and one against AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani, who was 0 for 4 in his season debut Tuesday, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and was hit on his right elbow by a pitch. Trout was 0 for 4 and matched a season high with three strikeouts.

Tyler Skaggs (3-3) gave up eight runs — seven earned — on eight hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. He was 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his two previous starts, coming off the injured list with a sprained left ankle, and had allowed just nine runs over his first five starts this year.


Angels: Ohtani is not throwing this week, following his previously planned program. The two-way player had Tommy John surgery in October and is not expected to pitch this season. … RHP Keynan Middleton, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is throwing again after having a minor setback.

Tigers: Manager Ron Gardenhire said he was feeling OK a day after an allergic reaction to something he ate or drank led to him leaving the dugout early in Tuesday night’s game. … IF Josh Harrison is scheduled to play three games this week in Lakeland, Florida, to prepare for his comeback from a strained right leg.


Angels: TBA. The team had not announced who would pitch Thursday.

Tigers: TBA. The team had not announced its probable pitcher for the series finale.

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