Detroit at Oakland

W: A. Sanchez (2-0) L: J. Parker (0-2)
HR: DET - A. Jackson (1)   OAK - None

Tigers 10, Athletics 1 wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Injured Octavio Dotel danced his way through the Detroit clubhouse, gyrating and skipping while Torii Hunter held court in front of his locker.

The AL's top hitting team is piling up the hits and runs -- and having a good time along the way.

More on Tigers-Athletics
Related links
More MLB coverage

Getting solid production from leadoff hitter Austin Jackson and the lower part of the batting order, the Tigers routed the Oakland Athletics 10-1 Sunday for their third win in four games.

Jackson had four hits, including a two-run homer, and Detroit got a much-needed boost from its Nos. 5-9 hitter, who combined for five hits, two runs and three RBI. Not bad, when the top of the order includes Prince Fielder and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

"We show you the left, then we sting with the right," said Hunter, who had two doubles and a triple. "You look at Prince, Cabrera and myself ... you kind of forget about our catfish, the bottom feeders."

Detroit's big three combined to drive in four runs and score five times, but it was Jackson and bottom of the order provided spark.

Jhonny Peralta, the No. 6 hitter, had two hits and an RBI. Victor Martinez and Andy Dirks also drove in runs for the Tigers.

"We grind out our at-bats pretty good," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Jackson really sets a good tempo for us. When your leadoff hitter gets four hits, you should score some runs."

Hunter had three extra-base hits for the first time since June 13, 2009, for the Los Angeles Angels

Cabrera drove in two runs for the Tigers, who had 14 hits. The first eight batters in the Tigers batting order had at least one hit, and seven players drove in runs.

Oakland managed just three hits while losing its second straight following a nine-game winning streak.

"They swung well this whole series, and when you're not making your pitches this is what happens," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We just got shut down the last couple of games."

Anibal Sanchez overcame a sluggish start to pitch seven innings, winning his second straight outing and giving Detroit's bullpen a needed rest.

Sanchez (2-0) pitched with runners on base in three of the first four innings but limited the damage until finding his rhythm. He allowed one run, three hits and four walks, matching his season-high of eight strikeouts.

Rick Porcello, skipped in the rotation due to Monday's off day, pitched two scoreless innings. Detroit's bullpen, taxed in recent days, was without Dotel due to an elbow injury.

Derek Norris doubled and drove in the lone run for the A's. Oakland, which entered the game leading the majors in several offensive categories, struck out 38 times in the three-game series.

Jarrod Parker (0-2), who lost to Detroit in Games 1 and 5 of last year's AL division series, gave up a career-high eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, leaving him with a 10.80 ERA.

Jackson hit the first of his three singles leading off the game, and Hunter followed with an RBI double over center fielder Chris Young and scored on Martinez's single off the right-field wall for a 2-0 lead. Jackson doubled the lead in the second with his first home run this season.

"I made a couple of good pitches and they hit them, and I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them," Parker said. "They are hot right now."

Cabrera's two-run single and Fielder's RBI double, which extended his hitting streak to nine games, chased Parker in the fourth. Dirks' run-scoring single off Evan Scribner boosted the lead to 8-0.

Norris hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom half, and Norris ended the inning by throwing a called third strike past Eric Sogard to end the threat.


Fielder is 16 for 30 (.533) during his hitting streak. ... Hunter also has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Dotel sat out his second straight game with elbow inflammation; Leyland said the reliever is getting better. ... Oakland INF Adam Rosales, on the DL with a strained left intercostal muscle, took batting practice without pain but won't begin a rehab assignment until he can begin turning double plays and making strong throws in the field. ... Tigers RHP Doug Fister (2-0) carries a 2.77 ERA into Tuesday's start at Seattle. ... Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-0), who starts for the A's against Houston on Monday, has a four-game winning streak dating to last season.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Players of the Game

A. Jackson
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1

A. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 4
K 8

Related Video

Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF6343000 .386
Torii Hunter, RF5231001 .407
    Don Kelly, RF0000100 .100
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4112102 .320
   a- Ramon Santiago, PH-3B1000001 .143
Prince Fielder, 1B3211101 .429
    Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B0000000 .400
Victor Martinez, DH3011203 .146
Andy Dirks, LF5011016 .194
Jhonny Peralta, SS5121003 .319
Alex Avila, C5110013 .195
Omar Infante, 2B5000012 .333
a-flied out for Cabrera in the 9th
2B - Torii Hunter 2 (5, Parker, Parker), Prince Fielder (5, Parker), Jhonny Peralta (2, Blevins)
3B - Torii Hunter (1, Scribner)
HR - Austin Jackson (1, Parker)
RBI - Austin Jackson 3 (5), Torii Hunter (8), Miguel Cabrera 2 (13), Prince Fielder (19), Victor Martinez (4), Andy Dirks (4), Jhonny Peralta (6)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (2), Andy Dirks (2), Jhonny Peralta (1)
Team LOB - 11
PB - Alex Avila (1)
Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez (W,2-0) 7311480 1.42
Rick Porcello 2000000 5.11
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 113-68, Rick Porcello 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 3-10, Rick Porcello 4-2
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 28, Rick Porcello 6
Oakland Athletics
John Jaso, DH2000201 .278
Chris Young, CF4000012 .175
Seth Smith, LF3000023 .448
    Michael Taylor, LF1000000 .000
Jed Lowrie, SS3110001 .375
   a- Andy Parrino, PH-SS1000000 .083
Brandon Moss, 1B2000110 .262
    Nate Freiman, 1B1000000 .154
Josh Reddick, RF4000022 .108
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000100 .260
Derek Norris, C2011010 .429
Eric Sogard, 2B3010013 .235
a-grounded out for Lowrie in the 8th
2B - Derek Norris (3, Sanchez)
SF - Derek Norris (1)
RBI - Derek Norris (4)
SB - Chris Young (2, 2nd base off Sanchez/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
PB - Derek Norris (1)
E - Josh Donaldson (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Jarrod Parker (L,0-2) 3.1988221 10.80
Evan Scribner 2.1200100 1.86
Jerry Blevins 1.1211010 1.17
Chris Resop 1110100 0.00
Ryan Cook 1000100 1.42
IBB - Fielder by Jarrod Parker
HBP - Fielder (by Jarrod Parker)
WP - Jarrod Parker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 76-45, Evan Scribner 44-27, Jerry Blevins 27-19, Chris Resop 23-11, Ryan Cook 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 4-4, Evan Scribner 4-3, Jerry Blevins 1-2, Chris Resop 3-1, Ryan Cook 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 22, Evan Scribner 10, Jerry Blevins 6, Chris Resop 6, Ryan Cook 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20755
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Andy Fletcher