Detroit at Oakland

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Athletics 5, Tigers 3

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Chavez's return to the lineup coincided with a boost in Oakland's offense and defense. Jay Payton was one of the beneficiaries.

Payton hit his 100th career homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, and Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings to help the Athletics end a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

"Chavy is a great player and it's hard to replace his glove or bat," Blanton said. "He definitely makes our defense and hitting stronger. You have to feel more comfortable when he's out there."

Chavez, who missed three games with soreness in his right foreman, went 1-for-4 -- his single sparking the winning rally -- and made a nice defensive play in the eighth to save a run.

Neither Chavez nor Payton were available after the game. Chavez had family issues to deal with, while Payton dashed out of the clubhouse trying to beat the sellout crowd there for fireworks.

"Payton is leading our team in hitting right now," A's manager Ken Macha said. "I'd say he's been doing well. Getting Chavez back in the lineup means a lot to us, especially defensively. He swung the bat well, too."

Blanton (8-7) won for the third time in four decisions. He gave up three runs and nine hits, striking out one and did not walk a batter. He retired 10 in a row at one point.

"I got into a groove there and felt more comfortable in the later innings," Blanton said. "My offspeed pitches got better, too."

Justin Duchscherer pitched the eighth and Huston Street recorded his 19th save with a scoreless ninth.

The Tigers lost for the second time in three games but have still won eight of 10 and 18 of 22.

Nate Robertson (8-4) took just his second loss since April 17. He allowed five runs and seven hits over seven innings, walking four and striking out three. He was the first Tigers starter to get a loss in a span of 24 games.

"He had a good outing," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He got a slider up and Payton hit it out and that's pretty much the game."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Carlos Guillen led off with a double and scored on Craig Monroe's single. Guillen's 24th double put him a tie for fifth in the AL.

Bobby Crosby's two-run single in the third gave the A's a 2-1 lead. Robertson walked Jason Kendall and Nick Swisher around a single by Mark Ellis to load the bases for Crosby.

"Tonight was kind of night we were built for," Crosby said. "Pitching and defense and we're going to score some runs. I think it was a typical A's game and A's win."

The Tigers tied it in the fifth on Placido Polanco's two-out double and regained the lead when Marcus Thames hit his 17th homer, a solo shot with two outs in the sixth.

Chavez led off the Oakland sixth with a single and Frank Thomas walked. Payton hit Robertson's first pitch just inside the foul pole to give the A's a 5-3 lead.

"I walked three of the five runs they scored," Robertson said. "You can't walk guys. I had the lead on two different occasions and I didn't hold onto it."

Mark Kotsay extended his career-high hitless streak to 29 at-bats after going 0-for-4.

Notes

Tigers RHP Justin Verlander is one of the AL finalists for the last spot on the all-star team, which will be determined by fan voting. ... A's RHP Rich Harden did not respond well to a throwing session on Sunday and will be shut down for a week. ... A's RHP Jay Witasick is throwing long toss while recovering from left ankle tendinitis. ... Tigers RHP Joel Zumaya has a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts over his last 28 appearances. ... Guillen has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games. ... The A's recorded their seventh sellout of the season thanks in part to a postgame fireworks show. ... Thomas drew his 1,499th walk, tying him with Eddie Collins for 16th all-time.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Payton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5110003
Placido Polanco, 2B4021000
Ivan Rodriguez, C4020001
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000012
Carlos Guillen, SS4110001
Marcus Thames, LF4111012
Craig Monroe, DH4021010
Chris Shelton, 1B4010011
Brandon Inge, 3B4000002
Totals3731030412 
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (, Blanton), Ivan Rodriguez (, Duchscherer), Carlos Guillen (, Blanton), Craig Monroe (, Blanton)
HR - Marcus Thames (, Blanton)
RBI - Placido Polanco (), Marcus Thames (), Craig Monroe ()
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (), Marcus Thames ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Inge-Polanco-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,-) 7755431
Jason Grilli 1000100
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 108-63, Jason Grilli 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 10-7, Jason Grilli 1-2
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 31, Jason Grilli 4
Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF4000000
Nick Swisher, 1B2000200
Bobby Crosby, SS4022011
Eric Chavez, 3B4110003
Frank Thomas, DH3110110
Jay Payton, RF4113001
Bobby Kielty, LF3010110
Jason Kendall, C3100102
Mark Ellis, 2B3110000
Totals30575537 
Batting
HR - Jay Payton (, Robertson)
RBI - Bobby Crosby 2 (), Jay Payton 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Crosby 2 ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Crosby-Swisher
E - Bobby Crosby (, Wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (W,-) 7933011
Justin Duchscherer (H,) 1100010
Huston Street (S,) 1000020
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 98-67, Justin Duchscherer 15-11, Huston Street 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 9-10, Justin Duchscherer 2-0, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 29, Justin Duchscherer 4, Huston Street 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35077
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Bob Davidson