Oakland at Detroit

W: K. Saarloos (9-6) L: J. Bonderman (14-10)
HR: OAK - M. Ellis (4), M. Kotsay (12), E. Chavez (21), B. Crosby (7)   DET - C. Pena (9)

Athletics 9, Tigers 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- The extra rest paid off for Kirk Saarloos.

Making his first start in 11 days, Saarloos pitched seven scoreless innings and was backed by four home runs as the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 Wednesday night.

"Another outstanding performance," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "For a fifth starter to throw seven shutout innings, it's just terrific."

Saarloos (9-6), who last started Aug. 13, gave up seven hits and two walks, and struck out three to win his fourth consecutive decision. He also beat the Tigers with a seven-hitter at home on July 31.

Eric Chavez, who missed the previous night's game to be with his wife and newborn son, singled in his first two appearances, then hit a solo homer off reliever Roman Colon into the left-field stands during Oakland's four-run fourth inning.

"We haven't been swinging the bats lately," said Chavez, who arrived in Detroit at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. "Hopefully we can score five, six runs tomorrow and get our confidence back."

The A's won 20 of 24 games after the All-Star break but have followed that by losing nine of 14.

"There's a lot more baseball to be played," Chavez added. "Things like this usually come around. I think there's another stretch in our bats we can put together."

Mark Kotsay had a three-run homer off Colon in the fourth inning and Bobby Crosby added a solo homer in the sixth. Mark Ellis led off the game with a solo shot.

"(Oakland) got back on track and we just couldn't stop them," said Detroit manager Alan Trammell, whose club had won eight of nine games and surrendered just two hits to the A's on Tuesday. "It was just a night the Tigers got pounded."

The Athletics snapped their three-game skid, and ended the Tigers' five-game win streak.

"It's nice to have the bats come around," Macha added. "And we had some great defensive plays, too."

The A's turned three double plays, including one in the seventh when Crosby rolled after stopping Ivan Rodriguez's grounder, then flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Ellis.

Jeremy Bonderman (14-10) gave up six runs and nine hits in three-plus innings for Detroit. He left the game in the fourth inning when Marco Scutaro's line drive struck his right wrist. X-rays were negative and he was to be evaluated again Thursday.

"I thought for sure it was broken," third baseman Brandon Inge said. "I went over to the mound and looked at him and he was in an extreme amount of pain. I looked at his arm and I could've sworn I saw bone jetting out of his arm. It was just the swelling already, I guess."

Bonderman, who said he was trying to catch the ball, gave up four runs in the July 31 loss against Saarloos at Oakland.

Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer deep into the right-center field bleachers off Oakland reliever Keiichi Yabu in the eighth. The shot was estimated at 428 feet. Pena is 9-for-16 with six homers and 12 RBI since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 17.


The game was delayed several minutes in the top of the fourth when home plate umpire Terry Craft left the game with a sore knee. Second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez went to the clubhouse to change into his home-plate gear. ... Detroit OF Curtis Granderson leaped at the left-field wall in the seventh to take a home run away from Nick Swisher.
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Players of the Game

M. Kotsay
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

K. Saarloos
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 3

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B5111013 .302
Mark Kotsay, CF5223000 .270
Bobby Crosby, SS4211100 .281
Eric Chavez, DH4131000 .282
   a- Keith Ginter, PH-DH1000000 .168
Dan Johnson, 1B4001001 .303
   b- Scott Hatteberg, PH-1B1000010 .267
Jay Payton, LF4131110 .272
Nick Swisher, RF5010013 .252
Adam Melhuse, C4131112 .259
Marco Scutaro, 3B4110014 .247
a-flied out for Chavez in the 9th
b-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
2B - Adam Melhuse (7, Bonderman)
HR - Mark Ellis (4, Bonderman), Mark Kotsay (12, Colon), Bobby Crosby (7, Colon), Eric Chavez (21, Colon)
RBI - Mark Ellis (32), Mark Kotsay 3 (63), Bobby Crosby (33), Eric Chavez (75), Dan Johnson (35), Jay Payton (50), Adam Melhuse (12)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Crosby (10), Eric Chavez (21)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Crosby-Ellis-Johnson, Johnson-Crosby, Crosby-Ellis-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos (W,9-6) 7700230 3.92
Keiichi Yabu 1322101 4.18
Joe Kennedy 1000020 6.38
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 93-60, Keiichi Yabu 18-10, Joe Kennedy 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 12-4, Keiichi Yabu 1-1
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 28, Keiichi Yabu 6, Joe Kennedy 3
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B4000002 .332
    John McDonald, 2B1000010 .289
Brandon Inge, 3B3020100 .268
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000013 .286
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000000 .306
    Nook Logan, CF1110000 .264
Carlos Pena, 1B3122110 .224
Dmitri Young, DH4030001 .267
Craig Monroe, LF-RF4010013 .284
Omar Infante, SS4000014 .234
Curtis Granderson, CF-LF3010100 .283
2B - Brandon Inge (23, Saarloos)
HR - Carlos Pena (9, Yabu)
RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Pena-Infante-Bonderman
E - Jeremy Bonderman (4, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,14-10) 3966121 4.27
Roman Colon 2.2433023 5.96
Vic Darensbourg 1100100 3.24
Chris Spurling 1.1000000 3.45
Jamie Walker 1100120 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 80-47, Roman Colon 45-26, Vic Darensbourg 15-8, Chris Spurling 12-7, Jamie Walker 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 2-4, Roman Colon 5-1, Chris Spurling 3-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 18, Roman Colon 12, Vic Darensbourg 5, Chris Spurling 4, Jamie Walker 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29210
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Terry Craft, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ted Barrett