Tigers eye rebound effort against Angels

( - The Detroit Tigers hope to end their struggles when they resume a four-game series against the LA Angels of Anaheim Friday night.

The Tigers have lost seven of their last 12 games and were riding a two-game winning streak until Thursday's 12-2 beating at Angel Stadium.

Buck Farmer was drilled to the tune of seven runs and nine hits in five innings and the bullpen allowed five runs.

"We just didn't hit tonight," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Lack of offense has been an occurring theme. We're hitting the balls hard, it has to turn eventually."

Miguel Cabrera and Jose Iglesias each had an RBI and James McCann posted two of the five hits for Detroit.

Detroit, which is 1 1/2 games off the AL Central lead, will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound Friday and he is 3-5 with a 6.12 earned run average through 10 starts. Sanchez did not record a decision in Sunday's 10-8 loss to Houston and was reached for seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a season-high 11 batters and walked two.

Sanchez is winless (0-2) with a 2.61 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.

The Angels have won 10 of their last 17 games to pull within six games of the AL West lead and halted a two-game slide with last night's victory.

Albert Pujols, Matt Joyce and Chris Iannetta all homered and combined for eight RBI. C.J. Wilson benefited from the run support and took care of business on the mound, allowing just one run and two hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked five batters.

"We're starting to put the first part of the season behind us. As bad as it looks, we're still in a good spot," Iannetta said.

Hector Santiago will handle pitching duties for the Angels Friday and is 3-3 with a 2.47 earned run average over nine starts. He is 1-2 in his last six appearances and was dealt the loss in Sunday's 6-1 defeat at Boston, charged with three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Santiago has allowed three or more runs only three times this season and is winless (0-3) with a 2.03 ERA in 12 career games (5 starts) against Detroit.

The Angels went 4-3 against the Tigers last season and the two clubs will meet again at Comerica Park from August 25-27.