OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kenny Rogers never counts on having success in the Coliseum. It just always seems to happen that way -- even on days he doesn't feel at his best.
Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge also had three RBI each for the Tigers, who pounded out a season-high 15 hits to win for only the third time in 10 games after starting the season 5-0.
Rogers (3-1) shut down the A's as usual to move within seven wins of his 200th career victory. One of his few mistakes came on a 2-1 pitch to start the second that Frank Thomas sent high into the left-field steps for his 452nd career home run.
"I'm motivated to come here and pitch well," Rogers said. "I wasn't as good as the other day. ... But I pitched well enough to keep them off balance."
Still, Rogers isn't one to focus on previous achievements in a particular ballpark. What meant more to him Wednesday was helping his new team get back on track.
Rogers, in his first season with the Tigers after two in Texas, didn't allow a hit after the second until Jason Kendall's RBI double in the eighth. The 41-year-old lefty improved to 24-4 in 44 starts at the Coliseum, and 22-1 in the A's ballpark since 1995.
"I'm aware of it. I don't take it for granted," Rogers said. "Every start is different."
Detroit gave Rogers plenty of offense, too.
Monroe staked the Tigers to a quick lead when he hit an RBI single in the second to score Alexis Gomez, who doubled to start the inning.
Thomas then tied the game when he led off the bottom half with a solo homer that moved him into a tie for 27th place on the all-time list with Gary Sheffield and Carl Yastrzemski.
Monroe started a three-run fourth-inning rally with another RBI single, while Inge added a sacrifice fly and Polanco also singled in a run that inning. After Monroe's fifth-inning sacrifice fly, Inge hit a two-run double to left to chase A's starter Joe Blanton (1-2), who struggled in his first home start of the season.
Polanco still remembers his first hit off Brett Tomko, and has his sights on many more milestones than 1,000 hits, though he acknowledged it "means a lot." Detroit matched its most runs of the year without the help of a home run.
"If you're counting on home runs to win games every day, you're in bad shape," Polanco said. "Home runs don't come every day."
For the Tigers, this was an important win in the second game of a nine-game road trip against the AL West.
Chris Shelton went 0-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch and a run scored, remaining at nine homers through his first 15 games.
Nick Swisher extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning single a night after he homered twice for Oakland, and Mark Ellis hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot off Chris Spurling in the eighth moments after the righty replaced Rogers.
Rogers threw 108 pitches, striking out one and walking two in 7 1/3 innings.
"He's definitely not going to walk anybody and he knows what he's doing," Ellis said. "It was the same old stuff. He gets you to get yourself out. He's smart out there. He makes you put the ball in play where seven guys are there to pick it up. As a defensive player, you like pitchers like that."
Blanton allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings and also committed an error for the A's, who have lost six of their last eight.
"I don't think we pitched well, we didn't hit the ball very well and we didn't play defense," A's manager Ken Macha said. "That all adds up to a pretty good shellacking."
Carlos Guillen booted a routine grounder by Kendall in the first and made a wild throw to first in the sixth for his fourth error in two games. But Guillen doubled twice, drove in a run and scored three times. Guillen made two throwing errors in Tuesday's 4-3 series-opening loss.
The A's, who had committed only four errors on the season, made four on Wednesday night. It was their most errors since making five on Sept. 5, 2004, at Toronto. ... A's 3B Eric Chavez and CF Mark Kotsay both got the night off. ... Tigers RHP closer Todd Jones, on the disabled list with a pulled left hamstring, threw 25 pitches in his second straight day working in a simulated game and is encouraged he will be ready to be activated Friday in Seattle. At first, Jones will pitch only an inning or so and probably not the ninth. "I just want to get started," said Jones, who is pleased with his improved flexibility. "I'm three weeks behind." Manager Jim Leyland said Jones would likely come off the DL on Friday as long as he feels OK. ... Thomas hit his sixth career homer off Rogers.