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Detroit at Oakland

W: T. Milone (5-2) L: R. Porcello (3-3)
HR: DET - None   OAK - J. Reddick (7),B. Inge (5),J. Reddick (8)

Inge, Reddick power A's over Tigers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Inge is putting on a home run derby for all his former teammates to see. The ex-bosses, too.

Inge hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the fourth time in five games, Josh Reddick homered twice and had a career-high five RBI, and the Oakland Athletics pounded the Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Friday night.

"What else can he do?" Reddick said of Inge. "He's been great. I don't know what those guys across the way were thinking when they let him go."

Inge sent a 2-1 pitch into the elevated left-field bleachers in the sixth inning for his fifth homer of the year and fourth since joining the A's on April 30 after the Tigers cut him. It was his second longball in two nights after he hit a grand slam in Thursday's 10-6 loss. Inge also delivered a game-ending grand slam on Tuesday against Toronto.

Inge's big bat backed Tommy Milone (5-2), who struck out six in seven innings to win for the fourth time in five starts and become Oakland's first pitcher with five victories this year. He retired the final 10 batters he faced in order.

"The way I was last year and early this year, it seemed like when I did get good wood on the ball it went right at somebody," Inge said. "So there is a flip side of it, things should usually balance out. When things go like this and you get hot you feel like you get all the breaks. But I also know things don't go like this all the time."

Miguel Cabrera singled twice and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who haven't won consecutive games since a four-game winning streak from April 15-18.

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Reddick hit a solo homer in the third and a three-run shot in the seventh for his first career two-homer game, and he matched his career best with four hits. Seth Smith doubled among his three hits and Kila Ka'aihue doubled twice and scored two runs for Oakland, which evened the four-game series by scoring its most runs of season. The A's outhit the Tigers 13-8 on the way to their first double-digit run total of 2012.

Inge let his old team have it again.

"I don't know what to say about that," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's been phenomenal."

Inge was acquired by Oakland to fill a void at third base after the A's tried several options at the spot following Scott Sizemore's season-ending knee injury at the start of spring training. Inge is doing plenty at the plate, too.

"He's really swinging well right now. He's got a second wind, and it's a good thing obviously for him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's swinging the bat as good as I've seen him swing it for a while. He's in a pretty good groove right now."

This marked his 14th career game came with for or more RBI -- and he received a nice ovation from the crowd of 26,721 at the Coliseum after flying out to the warning track in center in the eighth on a warm spring night in the Bay Area.

Inge was released by the Tigers on April 26 after batting .100 (2 for 20) with one home run and two RBIs in nine games this season. Inge, who turns 35 on May 19, joined his first new team in his 12th major league season.

"It's good to feel wanted. That's an important thing," Inge said. "The other part is coming into this group of guys, there's not one guy on this team who has given me a hard time, if it's not joking. The whole attitude of this ballclub is very much laid back, but at the same time you step between the lines and it's very much business."

Milone fell behind 1-0 in the first after allowing Cabrera's double-play grounder, but the A's answered in the bottom half against Rick Porcello (3-3). Reddick hit a two-out single and Ka'aihue doubled him home. Inge added an RBI single two batters later.

Leyland's Detroit lineup, featuring two left-handed hitters with slugger Prince Fielder batting cleanup and Andy Dirks in the No. 2 hole, couldn't hang in what became a hitting show by the suddenly powerful A's. They came into the game as the second-lowest scoring team in the American League.

Porcello was tagged for nine hits and four runs in five innings, falling to 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 17 career starts in May.

Inge and Co. sure are taking some pressure off ailing rookie A's cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes, who missed his fourth straight game after straining the top of his left hand before Tuesday's game, when he was a late scratch.

"It doesn't hurt a lot but it hurts me some," Cespedes said before the game.

Melvin said Cespedes did fine taking some swings in the cage and could play Saturday night.


  • Oakland scored its most runs since a 15-5 victory at Boston on Aug. 26, 2011.
  • Tigers catcher Alex Avila got the night off, with Gerald Laird starting in his place. Leyland said with a lefty starter, it was a good time to rest Avila and his sore left knee.
  • . RHP Brandon McCarthy deemed himself ready for Saturday's start after he nursed a tender shoulder this week.
  • Dirks is still dealing with a troublesome hamstring. "I'd really like to settle him into that 2 spot, but he's really not running full speed," Leyland said. "I'm a little concerned about it." Leyland said the team's athletic trainer told him Thursday night Dirks can play through the problem and still be 100 percent.
  • Detroit RHP Luis Marte, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, was set to face hitters in extended spring training Saturday in Lakeland, Fla.
  • Reddick and Cliff Pennington pulled a double-steal in the fourth.
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Josh Reddick hits two home runs and picks up a career-best five RBI as the Athletics pound the Tigers.  (AP)
Josh Reddick hits two home runs and picks up a career-best five RBI as the Athletics pound the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Reddick
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 2

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4210102 .320
Andy Dirks, LF3110102 .381
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4022010 .291
Prince Fielder, 1B4000023 .286
Delmon Young, DH4011010 .237
Ryan Raburn, RF4000011 .128
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010110 .262
Gerald Laird, C4110001 .300
Danny Worth, 2B3010112 .214
2B - Austin Jackson (9, Milone)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (27), Delmon Young (9)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (10), Delmon Young (7)
Team LOB - 6
PB - Gerald Laird (1)
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello (L,3-3) 5944341 5.18
Duane Below 1344121 2.40
Collin Balester 1133221 6.32
Luke Putkonen 1000000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 100-62, Duane Below 24-15, Collin Balester 22-11, Luke Putkonen 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 5-6, Luke Putkonen 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Duane Below 7, Collin Balester 6, Luke Putkonen 3
Oakland Athletics
Jemile Weeks, 2B3200201 .192
Cliff Pennington, SS4110122 .213
Josh Reddick, RF4445100 .292
Kila Ka'aihue, DH5221023 .292
Seth Smith, LF4131100 .250
Brandon Inge, 3B5124002 .197
Daric Barton, 1B5000024 .188
Kurt Suzuki, C3000101 .216
Collin Cowgill, CF4010022 .125
2B - Kila Ka'aihue 2 (7, Porcello, Porcello), Seth Smith (2, Porcello)
HR - Josh Reddick 2 (8, Porcello, Balester), Brandon Inge (5, Below)
RBI - Josh Reddick 5 (19), Kila Ka'aihue (7), Seth Smith (8), Brandon Inge 4 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick 3 (12), Kila Ka'aihue (4), Brandon Inge 4 (11)
SB - Jemile Weeks (9, 2nd base off Below/Laird), Cliff Pennington (7, 3rd base off Porcello/Laird), Josh Reddick (4, 2nd base off Porcello/Laird)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Pennington-Weeks-Barton, Pennington-Weeks-Barton, Weeks-Pennington-Barton
E - Brandon Inge (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Tommy Milone (W,5-2) 7521160 3.92
Andrew Carignan 1222210 8.44
Jerry Blevins 1100100 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 98-67, Andrew Carignan 31-13, Jerry Blevins 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 7-8, Andrew Carignan 1-0, Jerry Blevins 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 27, Andrew Carignan 6, Jerry Blevins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26721
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mike Everitt