American League Game Summary - Oakland at Detroit
(Wednesday, August 28th)
Final Score: Oakland 14, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Moss continued his power surge with a
pair of homers and a career-high six RBI, and Oakland banged out a season-high
21 hits in a 14-4 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers.
Moss, who leads the A's with 24 homers this year, belted a two-run shot in the
sixth inning and added a three-run blast in the eighth as part of a 4-for-5
performance. He also homered Tuesday in a 6-3 rain-shortened win for the A's.
"We did a good job of not wasting opportunities," Moss said. "We put together
good at-bats. We didn't just go up there trying to do too much. Everybody
stayed within themselves. That definitely builds some confidence."
Dan Straily pitched six innings of one-run ball to win for the first time in
seven weeks, as the Athletics stayed within 2 1/2 games of first-place Texas
in the AL West. Straily (7-7), who had been 0-5 with a 5.20 ERA in seven
previous starts since he was recalled from Sacramento July 20, gave up eight
hits, including a third-inning homer from Torii Hunter. Straily, who threw 103
pitches, notched his first victory since July 9 at Pittsburgh.
Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo and Kurt Suzuki each had three
hits for the A's, who will go for their first four-game sweep of the Tigers
since Aug. 3-6, 2001, which was also in Detroit.
It will be a tough task for the A's, who will oppose Max Scherzer (19-1).
Bartolo Colon (14-5) is scheduled to be reinstated from the disabled list for
Doug Fister (11-7) was pegged for 13 hits and seven runs over five innings for
the AL Central leaders, who have given up 28 runs so far in this series.
"They were definitely putting pressure on us," Fister said.
Jose Alvarez yielded five hits and as many runs over the ensuing 2 1/3 frames.
The A's put together five consecutive singles to start the second with hits
from Eric Sogard and Suzuki pushing across the first two runs. Donaldson added
a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Hunter's homer to left was one of three hits in the home third, but the A's
piled on seven runs over a two-inning span, starting with the four-run fifth.
Moss doubled to center off the glove of Austin Jackson to increase the margin
to 4-1. Yoenis Cespedes, Callaspo and Sogard added run-scoring singles.
Lowrie's RBI-double was followed by a Moss two-run blast to right in the sixth
off Alvarez for a 10-1 cushion.
Donaldson singled in a run in the eighth, and after Lowrie doubled, Moss
smashed a 2-2 offering from Drew Smyly over the wall in right for a 14-1 lead.
It was the sixth homer in the last nine games for Moss.
Andy Dirks singled in a run and scored on Alex Avila's two-run double in the
bottom of the eighth.
The 14 runs tied a season-high for the A's ... Detroit's Miguel Cabrera has
reached base safely in 31 straight games ... This is Moss' fourth-career
multi-home run game ... Brett Anderson, who was activated from the 60-day
disabled list Wednesday, threw the final three innings to get his first career
save. Anderson, who was making only the second relief appearance of his
career, hadn't pitched since April 29 due to a fractured foot. The A's opened
a roster spot for Anderson by optioning pitcher Tommy Milone to Triple-A
08/29 01:17:06 ET
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