Oakland at Detroit

W: N. Robertson (7-8) L: G. Smith (5-11)
S: F. Rodney (3)
HR: OAK - None   DET - C. Granderson (15)

Robertson ends slide, helps Tigers silence A's

CBSSports.com wire reports

DETROIT -- It's been a long time since Nate Robertson last won a game.

The Tigers starter earned his first victory in more than six weeks, allowing five hits pitching into the eighth inning to lift Detroit past the Oakland Athletics, 6-1 on Sunday.

Curtis Granderson homered and Magglio Ordonez drove in two runs for Detroit, which took two of three from the A's. Oakland lost for the 12th time in 13 games.

Robertson (7-8) allowed a walk and one run, striking out five in 7 2/3 innings to win for the first time since June 21. Fernando Rodney finished for his third save in seven chances.

"There's plenty of games that I pitched well," Robertson said. "I just tried to go out and pitch well again. That's it."

The Athletics threatened in the fourth, loading the bases with two out. But Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco made a leaping snare of Kurt Suzuki's knuckling liner to end the inning.

"There was a little english on that ball," said Robertson. "A four seamer, I didn't get it as much inside as I wanted it and he inside-outed it. ... He stayed with it and made a good catch."

That began a string of 11 consecutive retired batters for Robertson, ending with Jack Hannahan's double with one out in the eighth.

"Nate was really good. His slider was much better," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "His fastball had a lot of late life to it."

Mark Ellis followed with a single to break up Robertson's shutout, but Rodney came on and got Frank Thomas to ground out, ending the inning.

Erratic Oakland starter Greg Smith (5-11) allowed only one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings, but walked an unsightly seven batters.

"My whole body was out of sync. It seemed that my arm was dragging on every pitch," Smith said. "It was about the third inning that I was able to make adjustment and feel comfortable."

A's pitchers walked a total of 10 batters.

"It was just a matter of too many walks," said Oakland manager Bob Geren. "We worked hard to win this series, which would have been our first in a while, but we just couldn't do it."

Granderson gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the fifth when he led off with his 15th homer, lining an 0-1 pitch from Smith into the right-field stands.

"Ball down the middle of the plate, was able to get it to go out of the ballpark," Granderson said.

Detroit made it 4-0 in the sixth, beginning with Polanco's bases-loaded single. Ordonez added a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive in two more, all the runs coming off struggling A's closer Huston Street.

The Tigers added two in the eighth on Ryan Raburn's RBI double and a throwing error by pitcher Jerry Blevins on the same play, which allowed Raburn to score.


  • Detroit LF Marcus Thames was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore right shoulder. He was listed as day-to-day.
  • Tigers' 3B Carlos Guillen missed his second consecutive game with lower back spasms. Leyland said Guillen could play on Monday against Toronto.
  • Oakland completed its first 1-9 road trip since 1981.
  • It was also the Athletics' eighth-straight series loss. The last time that happened was 1994.
  • Polanco was 1-for-5. He is now hitting .417 (53-for-127) for his career against Oakland.
  • Hannahan's double in the eighth ended an 0-for-28 hitless streak.
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Nate Robertson records his first win in more than six weeks, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Nate Robertson records his first win in more than six weeks, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1

N. Robertson
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 5

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Mark Ellis, 2B4011010 .231
Frank Thomas, DH3010101 .253
Emil Brown, LF4020011 .250
Bobby Crosby, SS4000003 .249
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4010001 .277
Kurt Suzuki, C4000024 .286
Daric Barton, 1B3000010 .212
Jack Hannahan, 3B3110000 .222
2B - Emil Brown (13, Rodney), Jack Hannahan (23, Robertson)
RBI - Mark Ellis (39)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (19)
Team LOB - 6
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E - Jerry Blevins (2, Throwing), Bobby Crosby (14, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Greg Smith (L,5-11) 4.2311721 3.92
Huston Street 1333220 4.65
Joey Devine 1.1000030 1.05
Jerry Blevins 1121110 2.81
IBB - Renteria by Greg Smith
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 95-46, Huston Street 34-18, Joey Devine 21-14, Jerry Blevins 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 1-10, Huston Street 1-0, Jerry Blevins 2-0
Batters Faced - Greg Smith 23, Huston Street 8, Joey Devine 4, Jerry Blevins 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4211111 .301
Placido Polanco, 2B5111001 .313
Ryan Raburn, LF3111213 .252
Magglio Ordonez, RF5022012 .318
    Matt Joyce, RF0000000 .275
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2010212 .299
Gary Sheffield, DH4000024 .222
Brandon Inge, 3B2100201 .212
Edgar Renteria, SS2110210 .261
Dane Sardinha, C2000114 .111
2B - Ryan Raburn (9, Blevins), Miguel Cabrera (27, Smith)
HR - Curtis Granderson (15, Smith)
SH - Dane Sardinha (1)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (43), Placido Polanco (44), Ryan Raburn (15), Magglio Ordonez 2 (70)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn (7), Magglio Ordonez 2 (36)
Team LOB - 10
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,7-8) 7.2511150 5.84
Fernando Rodney (S,3) 1.1100010 4.88
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 104-70, Fernando Rodney 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-9, Fernando Rodney 3-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 29, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40743
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Doug Eddings