Oakland at Detroit

W: A. Griffin (11-9) L: J. Alvarez (1-4) S: G. Balfour (33)
HR: OAK - C. Crisp (14)   DET - O. Infante (7),M. Cabrera (43),V. Martinez (11)

Crisp goes deep again, helps Athletics hold off Tigers

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DETROIT -- Coco Crisp is on such a roll that he was even a little better than Miguel Cabrera on Monday night.

Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory against the Detroit Tigers.

Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp went 3 for 6 with a solo home run and is batting .500 (9 for 18) in his past four games.

The A's scored at least one run against each of Detroit's three relievers after Anibal Sanchez was forced out after throwing 112 pitches in five innings.

"We did a good job of being patient," Crisp said. "I think we got his pitch count pretty good."

A.J. Griffin (11-9) earned his first victory since July 29 despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.

"I was just trying to battle and keep the ball down good," Griffin said. "It's good to win, a good battle. It felt like a playoff atmosphere."

Grant Balfour allowed an unearned run in the ninth but held on for his 33rd save.

Omar Infante and Victor Martinez also homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won three in a row. Martinez went 4 for 5 and Torii Hunter had two hits.

"We just didn't pitch good. I don't know what else to tell you," manager Jim Leyland said. "They were swinging the bats good, and we didn't pitch good. Our pitchers have been terrific, but tonight they got beat. No big deal."

Cabrera went deep in the fifth, sending a 3-1 slider from Griffin over the wall in right for a two-run shot that tied it at 4. He leads the AL with a .359 batting average and 130 RBI, but he trails Baltimore slugger Chris Davis for the home run lead by three.

"Trying to go off the plate, trying to make him chase something," Griffin said. "It was up. If it would have been down, it would have been a better pitch."

Oakland responded in the sixth, jumping all over Jose Alvarez (1-4). Barton, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day, had the last of three consecutive singles to open the inning, driving in Nate Freiman. Crisp added an RBI single.

Alberto Callaspo added a run-scoring single against Al Alburquerque in the seventh and Jed Lowrie's RBI double in the eighth made it 8-4.

"They got some hits off tough pitches, but Anibal has been great for us, and this was just one of those days," Martinez said. "Obviously, no one wants to give up hits and no one wants to leave runners on base, but we're playing against a big league team and they are playing just as hard as we are."

Sanchez allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.


  • Crisp also made a diving catch in right-center to rob pinch-hitter Tuiasosopo of extra bases in the eighth.
  • Oakland placed RF Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Reddick sprained the wrist on Sunday. Barton took Reddick's place on the roster. Oakland also designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment. Right-hander Evan Scribner was recalled from Sacramento to take Neshek's roster spot.
  • Detroit SS Jose Iglesias returned after missing two games because of soreness above his left elbow.
  • The pitching matchup for the second game of the series on Tuesday night is Tigers ace Justin Verlander (12-9, 3.68 ERA) against LHP Tommy Milone (9-9, 4.30 ERA).
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The A's intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera to put the potential tying run on base in the seventh, and the move pays off.  (USATSI)
The A's intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera to put the potential tying run on base in the seventh, and the move pays off. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

C. Crisp
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Jed Lowrie, SS4011102 .287
Josh Donaldson, 3B5111022 .291
Brandon Moss, RF3110211 .243
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5001014 .224
Seth Smith, DH1100101 .238
   a-Nate Freiman, PH-DH1110200 .286
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4121111 .257
Daric Barton, 1B5022013 .192
Stephen Vogt, C4110113 .224
a-singled for Smith in the 6th
2B - Coco Crisp (17, Sanchez), Jed Lowrie (36, Bonderman)
HR - Coco Crisp (14, Sanchez)
RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (45), Jed Lowrie (52), Josh Donaldson (75), Yoenis Cespedes (59), Alberto Callaspo (44), Daric Barton 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo (28)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Lowrie-Callaspo-Barton
PB - Stephen Vogt (6)
Oakland Athletics
A.J. Griffin (W,11-9) 5744142 3.94
Dan Otero (H,2) 1.2100210 1.26
Sean Doolittle (H,19) 0.2111001 3.79
Ryan Cook (H,19) 0.2200110 2.20
Grant Balfour (S,33) 1210000 1.76
IBB - Cabrera by Dan Otero
WP - Grant Balfour (6)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 91-56, Dan Otero 27-15, Sean Doolittle 8-4, Ryan Cook 15-8, Grant Balfour 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 8-3, Dan Otero 2-1, Grant Balfour 3-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 23, Dan Otero 7, Sean Doolittle 3, Ryan Cook 5, Grant Balfour 5
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF3110210 .272
Torii Hunter, RF4020114 .304
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4112111 .359
Prince Fielder, 1B5110015 .262
Victor Martinez, DH5141000 .289
Andy Dirks, LF3110002 .253
   a-Matt Tuiasosopo, PH-LF2001000 .283
Omar Infante, 2B5112013 .319
Brayan Pena, C4010001 .303
Jose Iglesias, SS4010010 .318
a-lined out for Dirks in the 8th
HR - Miguel Cabrera (43, Griffin), Victor Martinez (11, Doolittle), Omar Infante (7, Griffin)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (130), Victor Martinez (70), Matt Tuiasosopo (30), Omar Infante 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (56)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Infante-Iglesias-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez 5544361 2.61
Jose Alvarez (L,1-4) 0.1422000 5.00
Al Alburquerque 1.2111220 4.89
Jeremy Bonderman 2211300 4.41
IBB - Moss by Jeremy Bonderman
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 112-66, Jose Alvarez 21-13, Al Alburquerque 25-15, Jeremy Bonderman 40-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 2-7, Jose Alvarez 1-0, Al Alburquerque 1-1, Jeremy Bonderman 3-3
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 23, Jose Alvarez 5, Al Alburquerque 7, Jeremy Bonderman 11
Game Information
Attendance - 34778
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals