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Shoemaker shuts down hometown Tigers, pitches 1-hit ball into 8th as Angels win 2-0

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DETROIT — pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning in his hometown ballpark, drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

The Angels began the day trailing Minnesota by one game for the second American League wild-card spot, with Texas also a half-game ahead of them.

Angels catcher got a big assist in the win, too. Two of them, in fact, as he picked off at first base and later threw him out trying to steal second.

Shoemaker (6-9) went to high school about 30 minutes from Comerica Park and attended Eastern Michigan University, a school that has a large ad on the right field fence. He dominated the Tigers in his first game in Detroit, permitting just a single by Gose in the third.

Shoemaker walked one and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings.

pitched the ninth for his 31st save, finishing the combined two-hitter.

(0-2) pitched well enough to win in his second start since June 2014. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out five.

The Angels broke the scoreless tie with two outs in the sixth. Wolf walked and , and followed with a RBI single to left.

Pujols got into a rundown between first and second, but was tagged out before Trout was able to get to the plate with a second run.

In the meantime, the Tigers kept losing runners on the basepaths, something they do more often than any team in baseball. Picked off early, the speedy Gose was then nabbed by Perez in the sixth.

Detroit leads the American League in runners caught stealing and grounding into double plays, and is among the leaders in both runners picked off and thrown out at the plate.

Angels manager pulled Shoemaker after he retired to start the eighth, and the move almost didn't work. hit 's first pitch into left-center for a triple, but Smith struck out and retired to end the inning.

Los Angeles loaded the bases in the ninth against , and had a sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: 2B returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with right knee soreness and sitting out Wednesday.

Tigers: RHP was scheduled to have season-ending surgery Thursday in Dallas to repair a weakened blood vessel in his right shoulder that has pressed against a nerve, causing numbness in his pitching hand. Greene should be ready for offseason conditioning and spring training.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles flies across Lake Erie to start a three-game series in Cleveland with (5-2, 3.39) facing (11-7, 3.30) in the opener. Heaney gave up a career-worst eight runs in his last start.

Tigers: Detroit also remains in the Great Lakes, playing Toronto in a weekend series at Rogers Centre. Former Blue Jays pitcher (1-2, 4.88) faces (8-10, 4.26) in Friday night's opener.

PHOTO: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Randy Wolf throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Randy Wolf throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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PHOTO: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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