ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells homered, Joel Pineiro yielded five hits over seven solid innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

Erick Aybar and Mark Trumbo had RBI singles for the Angels, who have surged into first place in the AL West with 14 wins in 19 games overall, winning six straight series.

Charlie Furbush (1-2) didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in his first career start for the Tigers, yielding five hits and three runs — including one run on a comical balk that allowed Peter Bourjos to trot home from third.

Jhonny Peralta hit an RBI single in the fourth for the Tigers, who have lost five of seven.

Pineiro (4-3) walked three and managed just one strikeout, but largely avoided trouble in his fifth consecutive start without a loss. He tired in the late innings of his longest start since May 16, but the Angels’ infield ended the sixth and seventh innings with double plays.

Furbush joined the rotation one day after the Tigers fired pitching coach Rick Knapp, replacing him with bullpen coach Jeff Jones after three blowout losses last week in which Detroit yielded a combined 45 runs.

The Tigers’ staff ERA ballooned to 4.39, third-worst in the AL, and Detroit fell out of first place in the AL Central during last week’s embarrassments.

Furbush, a minor-league starter before joining the Tigers’ bullpen, replaced Phil Coke, who’s 1-7 in his 14 starts this season. Coke pitched the eighth inning for Detroit, giving up Wells’ 12th homer.

And the Tigers’ potent offense was no help this time: Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, two of the AL’s top four hitters, were a combined 0 for 7.

Hunter missed the Angels’ past two games against the Dodgers with a bruised left hand, but connected in the first inning for his ninth homer of the season, hitting the fake rock pile beyond center field at Angel Stadium.

After Bourjos, the Angels’ rookie speedster, singled and stole second and third base in the third inning, he scored when Furbush nearly completed his throwing motion out of the stretch before scrapping it at the last moment for a blatant balk.

Bourjos also put on another fielding exhibition in center field. After making a running catch at his shoetops in the fourth inning, he leaped at the warning track to snag Cabrera’s drive in the sixth.

Peralta trimmed the Angels’ lead to 2-1 in the fourth, but Aybar drove home Alberto Callaspo in the fifth. Trumbo then drove home Wells after the veteran slugger doubled off the wall in center in the sixth against reliever Lester Oliveros.

After a slow start to his first year in Orange County, Wells has eight homers and 17 RBIs in his last 19 games.

NOTES: Angels SS Maicer Izturis got a day off, with Aybar replacing him. … Los Angeles passed the midway point of a season-long 13-game homestand, while Detroit opened a seven-game road trip heading to the All-Star break. … Angels 2B Howie Kendrick, a first-time All-Star selection on Sunday, extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning double, matching the longest by a Los Angeles player this season. … Detroit RHP Al Alburquerque played catch Monday for the first time since going on the DL with soreness in his right forearm.


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