Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Howie Kendrick's two-run double in the sixth gave Zack Greinke all the run support he needed, as the Angels began their three-game series in Detroit with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers.
Greinke (2-2), who had pitched to a 7.20 ERA in four previous August starts, served up a home run to Miguel Cabrera in the eighth but was otherwise stellar. He gave up just five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.
Scott Downs recorded two outs in relief and Garrett Richards struck out the last two in the ninth to notch his first career save.
The Angels have won four in a row for the first time since late June.
Rick Porcello (9-9) was handed a third straight loss after allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over six frames.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first five frames one day after completing three-game sweeps with an extra-winning win.
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