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Justin Verlander strikes out eight in Tigers' win over Angels

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 12:15

After arguing for about 30 seconds, Everitt tossed Martinez, who then put his hands behind his back and continued to debate.

Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning, J.D. Martinez joined the other three Tigers in the locker room when he reacted to being wrongfully punched out on strikes. "So it's not necessarily that we didn't think every pitch that was called a strike wasn't a strike, but we'd like the same pitches called for us".

GAME NOTES -Hey, everybody has a bad day once in a while. Verlander didn't allow a hit after the first inning until Kaleb Cowart's one-out single in the eighth. Fernando Salas closed for his fifth save.

"His relief picked up where he left off, in his last start against the Yankees", Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's really encouraging. He's matched up well with these guys".

"You knew that was going to be a battle with Frankie and Albert out there", Scioscia said. He pitched a great game against them in Anaheim early in the season. The 25-year-old failed to make it through six innings in any of those five starts and was reached for four runs on four hits and five walks in four innings at Toronto on Tuesday. "As far as his command he was up in the zone and got behind a lot of hitters, needed a lot of pitches to get through five". It was Pujols' first regular-season homer off Verlander, though he did hit one off the Tigers ace in the 2006 World Series.

Tyler Collins replaced Martinez and grounded out to second to end the inning.

In Washington, Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit solo homers and drove in two runs each, and Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career victory.

The Tigers had runners on second and third with no outs in the second, but J.D. Martinez was easily thrown out at the plate trying to score on Casey McGehee's grounder.

Angels: Scioscia said 3B Yunel Escobar's concussion symptoms are stabilizing and he could return to some baseball activities early next week. Since July 2, he is 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA while giving up 48 hits in 76⅓ innings.

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker will be making his first career appearance against the Cincinnati Reds. He walked one and struck out eight in his ninth straight quality start.