Detroit won the four-game series and has 10 victories in its last 12 games. The Angels have won just five of their last 13 games.
Scherzer (9-5) gave up only one run — on Mike Trout‘s homer in the sixth inning — three hits and four walks over seven innings.
Jerome Williams (6-7) allowed five runs and nine hits over six-plus innings. Williams has lost five straight starts for the first time in his career.
Prince Fielder provided a spark with his bat and hustle in the second inning. He hit a flare down the left-field line and rumbled to second, sliding ahead of the tag. Fielder scored the game’s first run on Jhonny Peralta‘s two-out double and Avila made it 3-0 on the next pitch with his sixth home run.
Danny Worth‘s RBI double brought Peralta home for a four-run cushion in the fourth inning. Cabrera cracked a pitch to left for his 21st homer to put Detroit ahead 6-0 in the fifth.
Trout struck out in his first two at-bats against Scherzer, then struck back with his 14th homer in the sixth to allow the Angels to avoid being shut out. The hot-hitting rookie has scored in 11 straight games, pulling within two of matching the franchise-record streak set by Jim Edmonds in 1995.
That wasn’t enough against Scherzer and the suddenly rolling Tigers in the Motor City.
Since beating Detroit 13-0 Tuesday night, the Angels were outscored 12-3.
Albert Pujols went 0 for 3 with a walk as the Angels DH because manager Mike Scioscia didn’t want to risk having him and his banged-up left foot in the field. … Both teams are set to host teams leading their division. Detroit begins a three-game series against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox on Friday night, with its ace, Justin Verlander, and Jake Peavy scheduled to start. Angels ace Jered Weaver will face AL West-leading Texas, whose probable pitcher is Derek Holland in the series opener Friday night. … Williams was 6-2 before losing his last five starts. … Detroit DH Delmon Young went 0 for 4 to end his 10-game hitting streak.
Home runs back Scherzer as Tigers roll Angels
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