American League Game Summary - Detroit at Oakland|
(Sunday, May 13th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Oakland 1
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Justin Verlander tossed seven strong innings of
two-hit ball, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Oakland
Athletics in the finale of a four-game set on Sunday.
Verlander (4-1) fanned eight and didn't surrender his first hit until Josh
Reddick looped a single into center with two outs in the fourth inning. Seth
Smith's leadoff homer in the fifth accounted for Oakland's other hit off the
The American League's reigning Cy Young Award winner and MVP couldn't come out
for the eighth because of a blister.
"There was no point in going out there and risking something serious
happening," said Verlander. "Obviously if I could, I would. At this point in
the season you don't want to cause something that's going to linger for a long
Austin Jackson's bases-loaded walk in the sixth plated the go-ahead run, while
Miguel Cabrera added three hits and two RBI for the Tigers, who earned a split
of the series.
Jarrod Parker (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3
innings for Oakland, which had won the previous two games of the set.
"[Verlander's] one of the best pitchers in the game," said A's infielder Eric
Sogard. "We did our best."
With the game tied after five frames, Detroit plated a two-out run to take
the lead in the sixth. Brennan Boesch doubled to center and back-to-back walks
to Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn chased Parker out of the contest.
Grant Balfour took the mound and walked Jackson on eight pitches to bring home
Boesch. With the count full, Jackson fouled off two offerings from Balfour
before taking a fastball outside the zone.
Joaquin Benoit spun a scoreless eighth inning, Cabrera gave Detroit an
insurance run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single and Jose Valverde
notched his seventh save of the year in the bottom half of the frame.
Detroit struck first with a run in the fifth inning. Jackson lined a one-out
single to center, stole second and scored two batters later when Cabrera
slapped a base hit up the middle.
Oakland, though, tied the contest in its half of the fifth as Smith crushed a
homer over the wall in right field.
Cabrera has a career .348 average with 36 RBI in 38 games played against
Oakland...Detroit improved to 7-16 this season when scoring fewer than four
runs...The Tigers are 13-4 this year when plating the game's first run.
05/13 22:48:12 ET