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Damon, Avila, Rhymes lead Tigers to 9-4 victory over Angels; Detroit ends 4-game losing streak

Johnny Damon drove in three runs, Alex Avila and Will Rhymes had two RBIs apiece and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Sunday.

Rick Porcello (5-10) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings to earn his first win since May 23.

The struggling Tigers scored three runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to snap a four-game losing streak and avoid a sweep in the weekend series.

Detroit chased Trevor Bell (1-3) in the sixth. Avila grounded a tiebreaking two-run single just past diving second baseman Maicer Izturis and Rhymes added a two-out RBI single off Michael Kohn that made it 6-3.

Damon hit a two-run single in the eighth and Austin Jackson drove in a run with a base hit as the Tigers increased their lead to 9-4.

Robbie Weinhardt allowed an unearned run in the seventh for Detroit before Ryan Perry worked the eighth and Jose Valverde finished.

Bell (1-3) yielded six runs, four earned, and nine hits.

The Angels took advantage of a pair of miscues by Porcello to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Alberto Callaspo reached on the pitcher's error to begin the inning, then moved to third on Izturis' single to right. He scored on a wild pitch.

Rhymes and Damon hit consecutive RBI doubles with two out in the fifth but the Angels tied it at 3 on run-scoring singles by Juan Rivera and Mike Mathis in the sixth.

NOTES: Izturis batted cleanup for the first time in his career. Izturis now has batted in each spot in the batting order at least once during his career. ... Angels OF Torii Hunter served the second game of his four-game suspension for his tantrum after being ejected from Friday night's game. ... Detroit CF Don Kelly made an outstanding catch on the warning track in straightaway center on Mathis' drive with two on and two out in the second. Kelly then was robbed by CF Peter Bourgos in the third.