The Detroit Tigers came into Game 4 trying to salvage the series, but the Los Angeles Angels shut the door and complete the four-game sweep of Detroit with a 4-2 victory on Sunday night.
Detroit started with a lead in the second inning, when James McCann hit a sacrifice fly to score J.D. Martinez. All was well until the Angels broke out for two quick runs in the fifth inning.
Erick Aybar singled to right to score Grant Greene, and Mike Trout singled to left center to score Johnny Giavotella. That game the Angels a 2-1 lead.
Matt Shoemaker got the start for Los Angeles and went 5.1 innings while giving up two runs (one earned run) on four hits and four walks against Detroit.
In the sixth, Yoenis Cespedes was safe on a throwing error by Giavotella, which allowed Miguel Cabrera to score.
"I take pride in my defense and I work very hard on it with my preparation before the game, so I wasn't happy about making that error," Giavotella said. "I just kind of pulled the ball to my glove side. I didn't really step into my throw and make a hard, accurate one. Green did everything he could to stay on the base and make a play for me, but we just couldn't make it happen."
After Cabrera scored, Shoemaker was pulled and received a no-decision. He currently holds a 5.08 ERA.
In the eighth inning, Giavotella reached on an infield single to second base, allowing both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Chris Iannetta to score.
"Any player loves to be out there when the game is on the line," Giavotella said. "My team does a great job of putting me in those situations. They have a lot of faith and confidence in me. It was a great feeling, coming through like that for the team and completing the sweep."
David Price took the loss and was pulled after giving up the two runs in the eighth inning. In total, the lefty went 7.2 innings and gave up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks. Price threw an astonishing 121 pitches, 73 went for strikes. The former American League Cy Young winner currently has a 3.15 ERA.
"It's frustrating. We're not playing the way we're capable of playing right now," Price said. "Every team goes through it, and every team is going to feel this throughout 162 games. So you've just got to grind through it. We know we're a better team. Everybody knows that."
Huston Street was sent on for the ninth inning. He pitched a perfect inning while picking up a strikeout for the Angels. Street recorded his 17th save and now has a 2.45 ERA.