Washburn is 2-0 with an 0.59 ERA over his last two starts. He was 0-0 with a 4.07 ERA in his first four outings.
The 30-year-old left-hander’s last start was one of his best this season. Washburn yielded four hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 5-0 win at Seattle on Tuesday, marking the third start this season he has not surrendered a run.
“I feel real good on the mound,” Washburn said. “My fastball definitely has lost a little velocity over the years, but I’ve learned how to pitch a lot more. I’ve got that split-finger now that’s a real big weapon for me and my changeup just keeps getting better.”
Washburn is 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA in seven career starts against Detroit. He went 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA in two starts against the Tigers last year.
Troy Percival notched his third save in his first appearance against his former team as Detroit held on for a 2-1 victory Saturday.
Percival, who spent his first 10 seasons with the Angels, allowed a one-out single to Vladimir Guerrero before closing the door after Jeremy Bonderman allowed one run and four hits over eight innings.
Los Angeles had a five-game winning streak snapped. The only offense the Angels managed was Dallas McPherson’s homer in the third inning.
Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge went 2-for-4 on Saturday. Inge hit just .203 two seasons ago while playing catcher. He split time at third base and catcher last season, hitting .319 when he was playing third.
“Catching was such a mental burden that I think it took a lot away from my offense,” Inge said. “I was never a catcher to begin with. I was a shortstop my entire career until Detroit drafted me.”
“It was a little disappointing at first, but my goal was to get to the big leagues any way I could—as long as I wasn’t pitching, because I had many teams that wanted me as a pitcher and I declined all of them. I haven’t felt this comfortable since I was in college playing shortstop.”