Navarro hits 1st homer, Angels beat Verlander 4-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Efren Navarro hit his first major league homer off Justin Verlander, and Matt Shoemaker combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Saturday night.
Shoemaker (8-3) threw just 78 pitches through seven innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out five against a lineup that came in leading the AL in batting average, hits, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The only hits off the rookie right-hander were Ian Kinsler’s first-inning double and singles by Eugenio Suarez in the third and Austin Jackson in the sixth.
Kevin Jepsen pitched a perfect eighth and Jason Grilli got the last three outs. Jepsen has allowed only one earned run over his last 31 2-3 innings and 35 appearances.
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