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Bullpen preserves Detroit Tigers’ 4-3 win over Los Angeles Angels on Saturday

By DAVE HOGG

Associated Press

DETROIT — Tyler Alexander pitched six strong innings and the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen finished off a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers had lost two straight and 10 of 12.

Alexander (3-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, notching his first win in eight starts this season. Detroit’s bullpen then pitched three hitless innings, with Gregory Soto throwing the ninth for his 23rd save.

The Tigers’ bullpen has been strong all season, but the starting pitching leads the American League with a 3.15 ERA since the All-Star break. That hasn’t been enough to overcome the team’s lack of offense — Detroit is 9-21 in that stretch — but manager A.J. Hinch is encouraged. “We’re at a point where we expect a good start,” he said, “and we expect to win if we give our bullpen a lead.”

The Tigers scored twice on five hits and a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, and could have had more if right fielder Taylor Ward hadn’t thrown Jonathan Schoop out at the plate.