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ANAHEIM — On the day before the Angels will have their final chance to add some pitching until the winter, they got to see an encouraging bounceback from one of the pitchers they have.

Griffin Canning pitched six shutout innings in the Angels’ 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, in the Angels’ final game before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. PDT trade deadline.

Canning, the Angels’ top pitching prospect, had allowed 16 runs in 11-2/3 innings over his previous four outings, including an emergency relief appearance in the 15th and 16th innings of last Thursday’s marathon loss.

After that game, the Angels opted to give him a full four days of rest before his next scheduled start, and he came out looking strong on Tuesday night. He struck out seven while holding the Tigers to four hits and one walk.

Canning threw two fastballs at 96 mph or harder in the first inning, matching his total from the rest of the season.

He whipped through the Tigers order without much trouble for four innings, throwing just 55 pitches. In the fifth, he got into a jam when he gave up a bunt single and issued a walk. He retired Niko Goodrum on a flyout to end the inning.

The Angels have gotten far too few outings like that from their starters, which is why General Manager Billy Eppler has been working the phones trying to pick up starting pitching help before the deadline.

Eppler said a couple of weeks ago that the Angels were “absolutely” looking to be buyers, although more focused on obtaining players who could help in 2020 and beyond.

With their playoff chances seeming remote, even before they lost four of five games to the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, the best fits for the Angels seemed to be the handful of available starting pitchers under control at least through next year.

The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, the Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray and the Rangers’ Mike Minor are the best pitchers in that group, although all will come with a prospect price tag perhaps too high for the Angels.

There is a second tier of pitchers who are less accomplished or who have struggled recently, such as Mike Leake, Danny Duffy, Chris Archer or Jeff Samardzija. Each of them could be acquired to act as innings-eaters, with some upside that they rebound to their earlier form, at minimal prospect cost.

While Canning was giving the Angels a much-needed rotation boost on Tuesday, they also got an offensive boost from another rookie.

The Angels took the lead when Matt Thaiss hit a two-run homer in the second inning, his fifth homer of the season and his fourth in the past five games.

They padded the lead with two in the fifth. Brian Goodwin doubled and scored on a Shohei Ohtani single. Ohtani scored when Andrelton Simmons dropped a bloop single into left.

Thais added an RBI single in the seventh inning.

More to come on this story.

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