ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels erupted for nine runs in the first inning and rode the right arm of starting pitcher Garrett Richards to a 10-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium.
Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout each had two hits in the first inning alone, accounting for four of the Angels' 10 hits in the inning. The big blow was Trout's second hit -- a grand slam to center field that mercifully ended the day for Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
The Angels finished with 14 hits, led by three from Bourjos and two each from Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo. Every batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the game, and in fact seven of the nine starters had at least one hit in the first inning.
The early runs certainly helped Richards (1-0) settle in, and he responded by throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight and walking none. It was Richards' second start of the season since taking over in the rotation for the injured Jered Weaver. Richards did not get a decision in his first start, but the Angels won the game, beating the Houston Astros.
Porcello (0-2) never made it out of the first inning, getting tagged for all nine first-inning runs and nine hits in only two-thirds of an inning.
The closest the Tigers came to scoring against Richards came in the seventh inning after Miguel Cabrera led off with a double. He went to third on a groundout by Prince Fielder, but Richards then struck out Victor Martinez for the second out and got Andy Dirks on a groundout to escape. Michael Roth (eighth inning) and Michael Kohn (ninth) pitched the final two innings to complete the shutout.
For much of the first inning, Porcello was not hit especially hard. Bourjos began the inning with an infield single, and Trout and Pujols followed with ground balls that found the hole up the middle, Pujols' hit scoring Bourjos for a 1-0 Angels lead.
After Josh Hamilton walked to load the bases, Trumbo had an RBI single, and Howie Kendrick hit another seeing-eye grounder up the middle, scoring two for a 4-0 Angels lead.
Chris Iannetta followed with the hardest hit ball of the inning to that point, but it was a scorcher at third baseman Cabrera, who began a 5-4-3 double play.
Brendan Harris then had an RBI single to make it 5-0, and that was followed by infield singles from Luis Jimenez and Bourjos again to load the bases.
That's when Trout unloaded, crushing a hanging breaking ball on a 1-2 count over the fence for a grand slam and 9-0 Angels lead, knocking Porcello out of the game.
The nine runs marked the Angels' biggest first inning since they scored 11 on June 29, 1995. And the 10 hits were the most ever in the first inning in franchise history.
Staked to such a big lead, Richards took his cue and threw strikes. He allowed a single to Fielder in the second inning, but nothing else through five innings.
The only other Tigers hitter to reach base was Fielder, who struck out but reached first on a wild pitch in the fourth.
NOTES: Angels RHP Mark Lowe was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a strained neck. In seven relief appearances, Lowe had allowed eight earned runs, four hits and eight walks in 6 1/3 innings. ... Infielder Tommy Field was called up from Class AAA Salt Lake to replace Lowe on the roster. Field was hitting .250 (15 for 60) with nine RBI in 16 games for the Bees. ... Tigers RF Torii Hunter began the day with a 12-game hitting streak, and was leading the American League in batting average (.418), hits (28) and multi-hit games (11). ... CF Austin Jackson began the day leading the American League in runs scored with 19. He was also tied for second with eight multi-hit games and third with 25 hits.