Detroit at Oakland

W: B. Tomko (3-2) L: R. Porcello (10-8)
HR: DET - C. Granderson (24), M. Cabrera (25)   OAK - J. Cust (18), J. Cust (19), L. Powell (4), C. Pennington (2)

Athletics 9, Tigers 4 wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Detroit Tigers have managed to hold onto first place in the AL Central despite winning just eight of their last 23 road games. Manager Jim Leyland is hoping his offense wakes up before their road woes cost them.

Jack Cust homered twice and drove in four runs, Landon Powell hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tigers 9-4 on Sunday.

"We still didn't do too much offensively," Leyland said. "We didn't put it in play very well. You can't play that way in the middle of a pennant race. We made some mistakes. We missed a hit-and-run, we got picked off ... you can't do those things."

Brett Tomko (3-2) allowed one run and three hits in six innings to improve to 2-0 with a sparkling 0.82 ERA since he was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento on Aug. 17. Tomko signed a minor league deal with Oakland after he was designated for assignment by the Yankees on July 21.

"I basically went from zero pitches to 90 pitches in 3½ weeks," Tomko said. "It was kind of an accelerated spring training for me. I went home and still worked out, played catch and threw bullpens. I was only curious about how my arm would react and it's been OK."

Cliff Pennington also homered and finished with two hits for the A's.

Miguel Cabrera had three hits, including his 200th homer, and drove in two as the Tigers lost for the third time in five games. Curtis Granderson also connected and Marcus Thames added a pinch-hit RBI single.

"Right now I don't feel good because we lost to a team we should have played better against," Cabrera said. "I do feel good about getting the opportunity to play every day. I feel fortunate."

Cabrera is the fifth player from Venezuela with at least 200 homers, joining Tony Armas, Bobby Abreu, teammate Magglio Ordonez and Andres Galarraga.

Rick Porcello (10-8) yielded five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings for Detroit. The rookie right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his four previous starts.

"He didn't have a brutal game. He couldn't keep the ball in the park," Leyland said. "Other than Cust he did pretty good."

The Tigers lost their 10th consecutive road series, last winning one June 8-11 at the Chicago White Sox.

"The offense has got to be better than its been but we've been talking about that for a while now," Leyland said. "Maybe we don't hit as good as I think we can. I'm beginning to wonder that maybe I got our hitting overrated. If you play good enough you win. If you don't, you get beat. We haven't played good enough on the road."

Granderson led off the game with his 24th homer but Oakland responded with four in the third. Rajai Davis tied it with an RBI single and Cust had a two-out, three-run shot to left.

"I ended up falling behind on him and ended up giving him a cookie over the plate," Porcello said. "The ball sailed over the plate and he was ready for it. He turned on it and that was that."

Cust led off the sixth with his 19th homer to make it 5-1.

"I feel a lot better since I found something in my swing," Cust said. "Now I'm not thinking as much and not missing pitches I was missing for about a month."

Thames singled home a run in the seventh and Cabrera added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Tigers pulled within one.

The A's clinched it with four runs in the eighth, three on Powell's drive and another on Pennington's homer.


The A's are 11-10 in August after finishing the first four months with a losing record for the first time since 1993. ... Cust has six career multihomer games. ... Tomko's career record is 98-101. ... Granderson's shot was his fourth leadoff homer of the season and the 21st of his career. ... Porcello has an 8.71 ERA (10 runs in 10 1/3 innings) in Oakland. ... The Tigers won six of their first eight series away from Detroit.
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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3111011 .256
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH-RF1000003 .275
Clete Thomas, RF-CF4110021 .242
Carlos Guillen, LF3000102 .237
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4232011 .338
Aubrey Huff, DH4000022 .249
Brandon Inge, 3B4010020 .239
Alex Avila, C3000102 .333
Adam Everett, SS2000021 .235
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1011000 .246
    Placido Polanco, 2B1000000 .271
Ramon Santiago, 2B-SS4020000 .257
a-flied out for Granderson in the 7th
b-singled for Everett in the 7th
HR - Curtis Granderson (24, Tomko), Miguel Cabrera (25, Wuertz)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (55), Miguel Cabrera 2 (75), Marcus Thames (30)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames (13)
CS - Carlos Guillen (2, 2nd base by Tomko/Powell)
PK - Alex Avila (1, Tomko)
Team LOB - 5
E - Carlos Guillen (1, Dropped fly)
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (L,10-8) 5.1855112 4.39
Fu-Te Ni 1.2122100 2.78
Ryan Perry 1322122 3.89
IBB - Sweeney by Ryan Perry
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 92-60, Fu-Te Ni 33-18, Ryan Perry 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-5, Fu-Te Ni 1-5
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 25, Fu-Te Ni 8, Ryan Perry 7
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5010001 .281
Rajai Davis, CF5111011 .293
Ryan Sweeney, RF3100201 .274
Scott Hairston, LF5000025 .281
Jack Cust, DH3334100 .240
Mark Ellis, 2B4120000 .279
Landon Powell, C4123000 .255
Daric Barton, 1B4010003 .163
Cliff Pennington, SS4221002 .274
2B - Mark Ellis (17, Ni)
HR - Jack Cust 2 (19, Porcello, Porcello), Landon Powell (4, Perry), Cliff Pennington (2, Perry)
RBI - Rajai Davis (27), Jack Cust 4 (56), Landon Powell 3 (23), Cliff Pennington (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Cust 3 (23)
SB - Adam Kennedy (16, 2nd base off Perry/Avila), Rajai Davis (27, 3rd base off Ni/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Powell-Ellis, Powell-Barton
Oakland Athletics
Brett Tomko (W,3-2) 6311281 3.69
Brad Ziegler 0.2311000 2.72
Craig Breslow0100000 3.91
Michael Wuertz (H,16) 1.1222021 3.28
Jeff Gray 1000000 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 87-55, Brad Ziegler 23-14, Craig Breslow 3-2, Michael Wuertz 21-16, Jeff Gray 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 2-6, Jeff Gray 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 21, Brad Ziegler 5, Craig Breslow 1, Michael Wuertz 6, Jeff Gray 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17690
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom