(Sports Network) - Bartolo Colon hopes to continue his strong start to the season this evening when the Anaheim Angels continue their three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Colon, signed as a free agent by Anaheim in the offseason, has been great for the Halos in the early going, posting a 3-1 mark to go along with a 2.33 earned run average.
In his last start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, the 30-year-old righthander bounced back from his first loss of the year with a solid effort, as he allowed three runs and five hits over five innings to post the win.
Colon has faced the Tigers 15 times in his career and is 8-5 against them with a 4.45 ERA.
In the opener of the set on Tuesday, Darin Erstad's three-run double in the eighth provided all the cushion that Anaheim would need, as the Angels triumphed 10-4.
Vladimir Guerrero and Troy Glaus each recorded three hits and scored once, while Tim Salmon had a pair of hits with a run scored and an RBI, as the Angels won their fifth straight contest.
Erstad has now hit safely in 17 of 20 games and has reached base in 19 of 20.
John Lackey (1-3), who came into the contest winless with an 8.04 ERA, pitched a tremendous game until running into trouble in the seventh. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings, fanning two.
On the injury front, Angels' All-Star outfielder Garret Anderson has missed a career-high five consecutive games with a stiff back and is questionable for tonight's affair. Also, Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein left the game in the first inning with a groin injury and will likely be placed on the disabled list.
The Angels will be playing the fifth leg of a nine-game road trip tonight and are 8-3 away from home this season. Detroit, meanwhile, is 5-5 in its ballpark this season.
Anaheim won six of the seven matchups between the two teams last season and is 15-2 against Detroit since the start of the 2002 campaign. The Angels have also had success in the Motor City, where they have won seven of their last eight.