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Eduardo Rodriguez shines in return to mound, Tigers blank Angels

Detroit Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez (57) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during second inning action at Comerica Park Sunday, August 21, 2022.Tigers Ang3
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Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five scoreless innings in his first major league start since May 18, Riley Greene hit a leadoff homer and the host Detroit Tigers blanked the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez (2-3) gave up four hits and three walks and struck out five. He had a stint on the injured list with a rib cage injury, then was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons.

Will Vest, Jason Foley, Andrew Chafin and Gregory Soto each tossed an inning of relief to complete the shutout.

Greene reached base four times and scored two runs. Victor Reyes drove in a pair of runs.

Angels starter Shohei Ohtani (10-8), who was battling a stomach virus, gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Mike Trout reached base three times, including two hits.

Greene slammed Ohtani’s first offering well over the right-center field wall.

The Tigers had a chance to build on that lead in the second. Willi Castro led off with a double and Akil Baddoo reached on a two-out infield single. Greene walked to load the bases but Reyes grounded out.

The Angels had two baserunners with one out in the third. Rodriguez then struck out Ohtani before Greene, playing center field, robbed Luis Rengifo of a run-scoring hit with a diving catch.

Reyes made a big defensive play in right field in the next inning, leaping at the wall to steal a home run away from Taylor Ward.

Ohtani encountered trouble in the fourth, walking both Baddoo and Greene with two outs after getting ahead 0-2 in each at-bat. Reyes smacked a triple to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

Detroit increased its lead to 4-0 against Jimmy Herget in the fifth. Castro was hit by a pitch with two down and Kody Clemens drilled a run-scoring double.

The Angels also left two baserunners in the fifth. Jo Adell had a two-out triple in the eighth but Chafin struck out Jared Walsh to keep Los Angeles scoreless.

–Field Level Media