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Gaudin K's career-high nine batters, A's tame Tigers

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DETROIT -- Chad Gaudin gave himself a pep talk in the tunnel between Oakland's dugout and clubhouse after a shaky first inning.

It worked.

Gaudin struck out a career-high nine and was backed by Mark Ellis' homer and Marco Scutaro's three RBI as the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Monday night.

After walking and hitting Detroit's first two batters and giving up a two-run single, Gaudin retired 10 straight -- five on strikeouts -- while blocking out here-we-go-again thoughts.

"You either say that, or you take a step back and clear your head and say that's all they're getting tonight," Gaudin said.

Gaudin (9-8) gave up two runs, four hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings, winning for the first time since July 5.

"It was good for me and good for the team," said Gaudin, who was 0-5 with a 8.54 ERA in six starts following the All-Star break.

The A's, who have seven players on the disabled list, have won eight of the last 13.

"The guys keep battling through the injuries," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "I couldn't be more proud."

The Tigers won the two previous games and had a chance to win a series for the first time since sweeping Minnesota from July 17-19. Since then, they are 8-17.

"If anybody thinks we're going to win anything playing and pitching like this, they're out of their minds," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm not negative. I'm one of the most positive people in the world. But if we don't play and pitch better, we ain't going to win."

The latest loss dropped Detroit into a first-place tie in the AL Central with idle Cleveland the day before traveling to play the Indians in a two-game series.

Leyland tried to downplay the upcoming matchups on the road against the Indians and New York Yankees.

"At some point, they all get crucial - but we're not to that point yet," he said.

Detroit's Placido Polanco set a major league record for second baseman by playing his 144th straight game without an error, breaking the mark set by Luis Castillo earlier this year while playing for Minnesota.

"Of course it means a lot," Polanco said. "This game has been around for a long time and nobody ever did it before."

Ellis hit his 16th homer, tying an A's single-season record for second basemen, joining Davey Lopes (1983) and Jimmy Dykes (1921).

Chad Durbin (7-5) gave up six runs -- five earned -- six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"Durbin's control wasn't good and he hung a couple of breaking balls," Leyland said.

Reliever Jason Grilli, who was booed as he sprinted from the bullpen and when he was replaced, followed Durbin and allowed a run, three hits and two walks over 1 1/3 innings.

Shannon Stewart led off the game with a single and scored on Ellis' homer.

A night after hitting two homers in the second inning, Magglio Ordonez tied the game with a two-run single in the first, matching the 104 RBIs he had last season and his .356 average leads the majors.

"The guy is seeing beach balls," Gaudin said.

Mike Piazza hit a tiebreaking single in the two-run third, and the A's had little trouble maintaining the lead behind Gaudin's pitching. Stewart went 4-for-5 with three runs scored for Oakland, and Jack Cust added three hits.

Notes

  • Oakland LHP Dallas Braden (1-7) was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento and LHP Dan Meyer was recalled Monday.
  • Detroit RHP Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday at Cleveland.
  • Gaudin's previous strikeout record was eight, set on May 8 at Kansas City.
  • Castillo was errorless at second base from May 30, 2006, to June 5, 2007.
  • Grilli's ERA at home is 9.64, leading to the boos he hears often at Comerica Park.
  • Oakland CF Nick Swisher (hamstring) did not play after leaving Sunday's game with an injury, but Geren is hopeful he will be healthy enough to play in the upcoming homestand that starts Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.
 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

S. Stewart
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Oakland

C. Gaudin
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 9
 

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Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF5340102 .303
Mark Ellis, 2B6112018 .262
Jack Cust, RF4130110 .268
    J.J. Furmaniak, PR-RF0000000 .000
Mike Piazza, DH4111123 .277
Dan Johnson, 1B4001121 .227
Marco Scutaro, 3B4013113 .247
Mark Kotsay, CF4000013 .217
Donnie Murphy, SS4000122 .219
Kurt Suzuki, C4120112 .250
Totals397127711  
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (7, Durbin)
HR - Mark Ellis (16, Durbin)
RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (55), Mike Piazza (24), Dan Johnson (43), Marco Scutaro 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (18)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (11, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Chad Gaudin (W,9-8) 6.2422290 4.12
Andrew Brown 1.1000130 1.77
Huston Street 1000020 2.93
HBP - Polanco (by Chad Gaudin)
WP - Andrew Brown (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 108-63, Andrew Brown 20-13, Huston Street 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 8-4, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 28, Andrew Brown 5, Huston Street 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF2100201 .296
Placido Polanco, 2B3100012 .344
Gary Sheffield, DH4000012 .285
Magglio Ordonez, RF4012030 .356
Carlos Guillen, SS3010101 .306
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010033 .279
Sean Casey, 1B4000012 .291
Marcus Thames, LF4000020 .259
Brandon Inge, 3B4010031 .243
Totals32242314  
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (23, Gaudin)
3B - Carlos Guillen (8, Gaudin)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 2 (104)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Carlos Guillen (23, Throwing), Ivan Rodriguez (6, Interference)
Detroit Tigers
Chad Durbin (L,7-5) 4.1665431 4.68
Jason Grilli 1.1311230 5.93
Zach Miner 1.1100020 3.60
Bobby Seay 1100020 2.94
Aquilino Lopez 1100110 3.77
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Durbin 86-52, Jason Grilli 39-18, Zach Miner 18-12, Bobby Seay 19-14, Aquilino Lopez 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Durbin 2-8, Zach Miner 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Durbin 23, Jason Grilli 10, Zach Miner 5, Bobby Seay 4, Aquilino Lopez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37229
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez