|Oakland (67-78) «||2||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||5||8||0|
DETROIT -- Sean Gallagher wasn't sure what to expect in his first start after coming off the disabled list.
He ended up with one of the odder pitching lines of his short career.
Gallagher, who had been out since Aug. 20 with shoulder fatigue, struck out six and threw 44 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
"It was a little different out there with all those walks and strikeouts and no hits," he said. "I felt good and my arm didn't bother me at all. I missed the plate on a few pitches, but I was able to come back and make quality pitches to get outs."
"He pitched pretty well, but he had to battle his command as you can see from the strange strikeout and walk totals," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He was able to make his pitches when he needed them -- he's going to be one of the good young pitchers in this league."
Fellow rookie starter Armando Galarraga (12-6) didn't fare quite as well for Detroit. He allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings, extending his winless stretch to four starts.
"He looks like he's starting to burn out a little bit," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We'll see how it plays out -- he's going to get an extra day before his next start, but he might be running on empty."
Galarraga retired the first two batters before Sweeney and Cust went deep to start the A's toward their fourth win in five games.
"It's always good to get ahead early, and when you get homers, it feels even better," Sweeney said. "Gallagher gave us four good innings, we added some more runs and the bullpen kept us ahead. That's a positive win."
"Getting the two homers in the first in a big ballpark was huge for us," said Geren, who used six relievers. "We got some key hits when we needed them and then the pen held them down."
Miguel Cabrera led off the sixth with a single for Detroit's first hit and scored on Ryan Raburn's two-out, two-run single. Alan Embree entered with two runners on and got Curtis Granderson to fly out to end the inning.
The Tigers got a runner on in the ninth against Ziegler, but Granderson was easily doubled off first to end the game after Magglio Ordonez's flyout to deep center.
"I thought the ball was way over the center fielder's head, but it is still a dumb mistake on my part," Granderson said. "My run didn't even mean anything, since we were down three, so I had no business doing that."
|Players of the Game|
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|Rajai Davis, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.310|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||1||.287|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.228|
|Daric Barton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.217|
|Jeff Baisley, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.244|
|Rob Bowen, C||4||1||2||0||0||2||0||.175|
|Eric Patterson, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||3||2||.200|
|2B - Rob Bowen (3, Galarraga)|
|HR - Ryan Sweeney (5, Galarraga), Jack Cust (28, Galarraga)|
|RBI - Aaron Cunningham 2 (5), Ryan Sweeney (42), Jack Cust (66), Eric Patterson (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Cunningham 2 (4), Ryan Sweeney (11), Jack Cust (24)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Rajai Davis 1|
|DP - Baisley-Barton, Davis-Pennington-Barton|
|Santiago Casilla (H,8)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.33|
|Alan Embree (H,18)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.77|
|Huston Street (H,4; W,6-5)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.92|
|Joey Devine (H,8)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.70|
|Brad Ziegler (S,8)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sean Gallagher 88-44, Jerry Blevins 29-21, Santiago Casilla 6-6, Alan Embree 6-3, Huston Street 14-6, Joey Devine 14-9, Brad Ziegler 7-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Gallagher 2-4, Brad Ziegler 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Sean Gallagher 18, Jerry Blevins 6, Santiago Casilla 3, Alan Embree 1, Huston Street 4, Joey Devine 3, Brad Ziegler 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.301|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.302|
|a- Magglio Ordonez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.321|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.224|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.291|
|Matt Joyce, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.260|
|Jeff Larish, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.221|
|b- Mike Hessman, PH-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|c- Placido Polanco, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.307|
|Marcus Thames, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.236|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B-3B||3||0||1||2||1||1||0||.242|
|Brandon Inge, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.216|
|a-flied out for Santiago in the 9th|
|b-singled for Larish in the 6th|
|c-fouled out for Hessman in the 8th|
|RBI - Ryan Raburn 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Hessman-Raburn-Cabrera|
|Armando Galarraga (L,12-6)||4||8||5||5||1||4||2||3.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 82-50, Bobby Seay 33-20, Chris Lambert 10-7, Clay Rapada 19-9, Gary Glover 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 2-6, Clay Rapada 1-2, Gary Glover 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 21, Bobby Seay 6, Chris Lambert 2, Clay Rapada 5, Gary Glover 3|
|Attendance - 37194|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|