Detroit at Oakland

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Detroit (73-64)20005000007110
Oakland (68-70) «00002030218120

Athletics 8, Tigers 7

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Tigers can't afford to collapse the way they did Sunday. The defending AL champions need a big September to guarantee another October run.

Detroit led the rubber game with Oakland 7-0 before blowing a chance to gain a game on first-place Cleveland in the AL Central race, when the Athletics' Jack Hannahan blooped a game-winning single to shallow left in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Tigers.

"A loss like this hurts in April, May, June, July, August or September," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's significant that we had a chance to pick up a game in the division and the wild-card race and we let it get away. We can't do that. We had a nice lead. We couldn't get nine outs with a five-run lead."

Huston Street (4-2) pitched a perfect 10th with two strikeouts for the win in the A's fourth extra-inning contest in their last six games. They have won three of those, and Hannahan had his second game-winning hit of the homestand.

The Tigers seemed poised to pull within 4½ games of the first-place Indians after the Chicago White Sox won 8-0 in Cleveland to avoid a weekend sweep, but Kurt Suzuki hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth for the A's off Todd Jones. That leaves Detroit 5½ back.

"We should have won the game," Jones said. "It's weird, but I didn't think it was gone at all. He got it, man. I didn't have a lot of sink today. This was a pretty important (one) today. We had to have this one because everybody lost. It's frustrating when I go out there and don't do my job."

Yorman Bazardo (0-1) plunked Ellis in the lower back to start the 10th, then Hannahan followed with his single against his former team that landed fair just beyond the infield dirt behind third and bounced into foul territory.

Shannon Stewart followed Suzuki's sixth homer with a single and Nick Swisher walked before both advanced on a wild pitch. Jones intentionally walked Jack Cust to load the bases, then Mike Piazza grounded into a double play that started with shortstop Ramon Santiago throwing to catcher Ivan Rodriguez to get out Stewart at home.

Suzuki, a rookie catcher, is getting himself recognized.

"It's great coming off a guy like Todd Jones, who's one of the best in the game and has been doing it a long time," Suzuki said.

Tigers starter Nate Robertson had followed Justin Verlander's gem with a noteworthy performance of his own, but Jones couldn't hold a two-run lead.

Robertson took a perfect game into the fifth and received early run support. Marcus Thames hit a two-run double in the first and doubled in another run in his team's five-run fifth. Ryan Raburn also added an RBI double in the fifth and Santiago doubled twice, tripled and drove in two runs in the No. 9 hole.

Robertson retired the first 13 A's batters -- and did so efficiently, too: He needed only seven pitches to get through the first and his count was at 43 after four. He got a lot of swings and misses and weakly hit balls with his slider, which was an effective out pitch all day.

Dan Johnson broke up Robertson's bid with a sharp single to right with one out in the fifth, then Ellis followed with a base hit before Hannahan's double off the wall in right-center scored them both. Suzuki drove in two runs on a seventh-inning single up the middle off Fernando Rodney, then Swisher followed with an RBI single and Tim Byrdak relieved.

Robertson allowed two runs and four hits, struck out five and walked one in six innings, but hasn't won since a victory over Oakland on Aug. 12. Verlander pitched Detroit to a 6-1 victory Saturday.

Joel Zumaya got the final out of the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth before Jones blew his sixth save of the year.

Leyland rested a few of his regulars for part of the game.

Infielder Carlos Guillen, Rodriguez and center fielder Curtis Granderson got the day off from starting but played later. Magglio Ordonez was the designated hitter for the second straight day, giving him a chance to take some pressure off his sore left heel.

The Tigers have something to look forward to this week: Kenny Rogers is returning to the rotation for the stretch run.

Rogers is scheduled to start Wednesday against the White Sox at Comerica Park, which will be the left-hander's first outing since July 25. Rogers went on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season the following day with inflammation in his left elbow.

"I think any time you get a guy like that back, it's certainly good for morale," Leyland said.

The Tigers got to left-hander Dallas Braden in a hurry again. Braden, the A's lone September callup Saturday, has lost seven straight decisions since winning his first major league start April 24 at Baltimore.

"I tell you what, I didn't give up seven home runs to one guy in one inning this time, and I got a taste of what the third inning's like," Braden said.

Braden was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings -- another short outing for the lefty against the Tigers. He lost at Detroit's Comerica Park in his previous big league start Aug. 12, going only 1 2/3 innings after giving up eight runs on seven hits with two home runs.

Braden had pitched back-to-back complete games in his last two outings for Triple-A Sacramento, including a 17-strikeout performance Aug. 27 against Colorado Springs.

Notes

The A's won the season series 6-4. ... A's SS Bobby Crosby is no longer wearing a cast on his broken left hand and will join the team Monday in Anaheim.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Hannahan
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

M. Thames
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Detroit Tigers
Cameron Maybin, CF4000122 .158
   a- Timo Perez, PH-LF1000010 .360
Placido Polanco, 2B5220112 .343
Ryan Raburn, RF5111012 .315
Magglio Ordonez, DH3100221 .355
Marcus Thames, LF4133010 .251
    Curtis Granderson, LF-CF1010000 .300
Mike Hessman, 1B4000014 .156
   b- Carlos Guillen, PH-1B0000100 .301
Mike Rabelo, C5111011 .262
    Ivan Rodriguez, C0000000 .274
Brandon Inge, 3B4100112 .234
Ramon Santiago, SS5032000 .360
Totals417117611  
a-struck out for Maybin in the 10th
b-was walked intentionally for Hessman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Raburn (10, Braden), Marcus Thames 2 (12, Braden, Braden), Curtis Granderson (36, Marshall), Ramon Santiago 2 (2, Braden, R. Lugo)
3B - Ramon Santiago (1, Braden)
RBI - Ryan Raburn (20), Marcus Thames 3 (46), Mike Rabelo (13), Ramon Santiago 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames 2 (20), Mike Rabelo (6), Ramon Santiago 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Rodriguez-Guillen
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 6422150 4.95
Fernando Rodney 0.1433100 4.43
Tim Byrdak (H,7) 0.1000010 3.79
Joel Zumaya (H,6) 1.1000000 4.37
Todd Jones (BS,6) 1322201 4.64
Yorman Bazardo (L,0-1)0111000 3.86
IBB - Cust by Todd Jones
HBP - Ellis (by Yorman Bazardo)
WP - Todd Jones (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 90-62, Fernando Rodney 19-9, Tim Byrdak 6-3, Joel Zumaya 23-15, Todd Jones 29-16, Yorman Bazardo 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 4-9, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 23, Fernando Rodney 6, Tim Byrdak 1, Joel Zumaya 4, Todd Jones 7, Yorman Bazardo 2
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF5010002 .283
Nick Swisher, CF4011120 .263
Jack Cust, RF3000212 .266
Mike Piazza, DH5010003 .276
Dan Johnson, 1B5110004 .231
Mark Ellis, 2B3310110 .262
Jack Hannahan, 3B5133000 .286
Marco Scutaro, SS4220011 .259
Kurt Suzuki, C4124011 .265
Totals38812846  
Batting
2B - Jack Hannahan (5, Robertson)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (6, T. Jones)
RBI - Nick Swisher (64), Jack Hannahan 3 (13), Kurt Suzuki 4 (26)
Team LOB - 8
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden 4.2966230 6.75
Ruddy Lugo 1.1111220 6.35
Colby Lewis 1000020 7.76
Andrew Brown 1.1000120 4.15
Jay Marshall0100000 6.81
Santiago Casilla 0.2000100 4.06
Huston Street (W,4-2) 1000020 3.40
IBB - Guillen by Santiago Casilla
WP - Dallas Braden (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 91-62, Ruddy Lugo 31-16, Colby Lewis 16-10, Andrew Brown 22-13, Jay Marshall 6-3, Santiago Casilla 8-2, Huston Street 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 6-5, Ruddy Lugo 2-0, Andrew Brown 2-0, Santiago Casilla 1-1
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 25, Ruddy Lugo 7, Colby Lewis 3, Andrew Brown 5, Jay Marshall 1, Santiago Casilla 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23195
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Gary Darling