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DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera put on a show, hitting three homers in a game for the first time.
It wasn't enough.
Ben Sheets worked seven innings in his longest start of the season, Landon Powell homered and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth for the winning run and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
"It was a great night for Miguel Cabrera," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "But it was not a good night for the Tigers."
Sheets saw to that, looking like he was worth the $10 million, one-year gamble the A's made in him after the right-hander missed last season because of elbow surgery. He has been solid in four of his last five starts after giving up 17 runs in consecutive outings.
"I'm starting to feel better," he said. "I still feel like I'm building some stamina."
Sheets gave up three runs -- on Cabrera's first two homers -- on five hits in his longest outing since tossing a five-hit shutout for Milwaukee against San Diego in 2008.
"One guy freakin' did a lot of damage for their team," he said. "That's why he's special."
Cabrera is hitting .341 with 13 homers and 44 RBI over 45 games, the best start of his career at the plate.
He was playing for the first time since the birth of his second daughter on Tuesday. He had homers in his first two at-bats, and his third pulled Detroit within a run before Andrew Bailey retired three straight to end the game.
"We're here to win games," Cabrera said. "We're not here for personal numbers."
Brad Ziegler (2-2) gave up a hit in the eighth inning. Reigning AL Rookie of the Year Bailey didn't let Detroit do anything after giving up a leadoff homer to Cabrera for his 10th save in 12 chances and his team's sixth win in seven games.
Reliever Ryan Perry (1-4) gave up two runs and got just two outs, losing in a second straight game.
"He's fine," Leyland insisted. "I'm not worried about him."
Perry blew a 4-1 lead in Wednesday's loss at Seattle by giving up four runs and getting only one out. He was booed by some in the sellout crowd when he entered the game and the fans groaned when he was taken out.
Cabrera's homers were each impressive -- no-doubt shots -- while Oakland's key hits were simply effective.
"We have a scrappy team," A's manager Bob Geren said. "That's the way we've been winning. Everybody contributes."
Gross followed with an infield single, which reliever Fu-Te Ni had a chance to field, to score Rosales and Powell followed with a sacrifice fly, producing quickly after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
"Sometimes you don't hit the ball good and it turns out good," Leyland said. "Give them credit. They put it in play."
Willis overcame a rough start, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first by getting Jake Fox to hit into an inning-ending double play and then bounced back with three hits and an RBI. Willis stranded two in the fifth by striking out Gross, leading to Oakland leaving a season-high 13 runners on base.
"I threw myself into a hole," Willis said. "But I was able to keep it close."
|Miguel Cabrera blasts three impressive home runs, but his Tigers still lose to the Athletics. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Rajai Davis, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.256|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.277|
|Kurt Suzuki, DH||4||1||1||1||1||0||3||.250|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Adam Rosales, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.281|
|Jake Fox, LF||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.229|
|Eric Patterson, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.213|
|a- Ryan Sweeney, PH-RF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.310|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Gabe Gross, RF-LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.274|
|Landon Powell, C||3||1||2||2||1||1||2||.262|
|a-was walked intentionally for Patterson in the 9th|
|2B - Rajai Davis (7, Willis), Daric Barton (12, Coke), Adam Rosales (6, Perry)|
|HR - Landon Powell (1, Willis)|
|SF - Landon Powell (1)|
|SH - Daric Barton (8)|
|RBI - Kurt Suzuki (18), Jake Fox (11), Gabe Gross (7), Landon Powell 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jake Fox (6)|
|SB - Eric Patterson (3, 2nd base off Galarraga/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Barton-Rosales-Sheets|
|Brad Ziegler (W,2-2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.42|
|Andrew Bailey (S,10)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||1.37|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 96-65, Brad Ziegler 12-8, Andrew Bailey 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 9-5, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Andrew Bailey 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 26, Brad Ziegler 4, Andrew Bailey 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.328|
|Johnny Damon, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.325|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||3||3||4||0||0||0||.341|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.330|
|Carlos Guillen, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.313|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.219|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.153|
|Adam Everett, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.197|
|a- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|a-flied out for Everett in the 8th|
|2B - Johnny Damon (13, Ziegler), Carlos Guillen (6, Sheets)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera 3 (13, Sheets, Sheets, Bailey)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 4 (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (13)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1|
|DP - Guillen-Everett-Cabrera, Inge-Guillen-Cabrera, Ordonez-Avila-Inge|
|E - Alex Avila (3, Interference)|
|Ryan Perry (L,1-4)||0.2||1||2||2||1||0||0||5.03|
|IBB - Sweeney by Ryan Perry|
|HBP - Ellis (by Ryan Perry)|
|WP - Dontrelle Willis (4), Armando Galarraga (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 106-60, Armando Galarraga 14-10, Phil Coke 14-10, Ryan Perry 10-4, Fu-Te Ni 3-2, Joel Zumaya 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-2, Armando Galarraga 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Armando Galarraga 5, Phil Coke 4, Ryan Perry 5, Fu-Te Ni 1, Joel Zumaya 1|
|Attendance - 40210|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz|