Guillen's big day helps Tigers tackle A's

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers had another big first inning.
This time, they kept the lead.

Carlos Guillen tripled, doubled and singled, leading Nate Robertson and the Tigers to an 8-4 victory over the Oakland
Athletics on Sunday.

One day after scoring five runs in the first inning of a 9-5
loss, the Tigers got six in the first and held on.

"We had to win this one, especially after yesterday," Detroit
manager Jim Leyland said. "There was no room for error."

The Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate against Esteban Loaiza
in a first inning that included five hits, two errors and a hit

"We couldn't overcome that two days in a row," Oakland manager
Ken Macha said. "We still came back, but the combination of four,
five straight hits and a couple big errors isn't going to work too
well for us."

Magglio Ordonez added a two-run single and scored twice, and
Brandon Inge had three hits for the Tigers, who improved baseball's
best record to 66-32 with their fourth win in five games.

Guillen also drove in two runs. After getting three hits in the
first four innings, he needed a homer for the cycle when he stepped
to the plate in the sixth.

"I tried to get one, but I got a walk," Guillen said. "I felt
pretty good today. I had a nice at-bat every time I went up

The Tigers went 5-4 against Oakland this year, the first time
they've won the season series since 2000.

"Those were tough games," Leyland said. "It's an emotional
roller coaster for a manager."

The A's finished their road trip, which also included visits to
Boston and Baltimore, with a 6-4 record.

"I think we still had a good trip, given the competition we
faced," Bobby Kielty said. "That's two first-place teams."

Robertson (9-6) ended a three-start losing streak, allowing four
runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out three and did
not walk a batter.

"You have a six-run lead and you want to go right at them, but
those are the Oakland A's," he said. "If you just lay stuff over
the plate, they are going to whack it. I just didn't want to walk
anyone and let them get back in it."

Joel Zumaya finished up with two scoreless innings.

Loaiza (4-6) took the loss, just his fifth in 16 career
decisions against Detroit. He gave up eight runs -- five earned --
and eight hits in three innings.

Curtis Granderson led off the first with a single, and Loaiza's
next pitch hit Placido Polanco in the head as he squared to bunt.

"The pitch was up and riding in a little, and he ran right into
it," Loaiza said.

Polanco immediately got to his feet, but left the game. X-rays
of his jaw were negative, and a CT scan showed no damage.

Ivan Rodriguez's bunt single loaded the bases, surprising his
former teammate.

"I've never seen Pudge do that against me, and I never saw him
do that when we played together," Loaiza said.

Ordonez followed with a two-run single, and Guillen made it 3-0
with a base hit.

After Marcus Thames popped out, Dmitri Young's routine grounder
went through Nick Swisher's legs at first for an error, allowing a
fourth run to score.

Craig Monroe then hit a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman
-- Guillen scored as Swisher tumbled over the tarp while catching a
foul pop-up. Swisher's wild throw to the plate allowed Young to go
to second, and Inge made it 6-0 with an RBI single.

Oakland's third error of the game helped the Tigers get their
seventh run in the second. Ordonez reached on shortstop Marco Scutaro's wild throw and scored on Guillen's two-out double.

The Athletics made it 7-3 in the third, when Kielty hit a
two-run homer. But Detroit added another run in the bottom half on
Granderson's RBI double.

Scutaro's second homer in two days provided the final run.

Game notes
Oakland SS Bobby Crosby missed his second straight game
with a sore back. ... Athletics slugger Frank Thomas was ejected in
the third inning after being called out on strikes for the second
time in the game. ... Loaiza's career ERA at Comerica Park, where
he has made seven starts, went from 2.58 to 3.48. ... Young played
first base for the first time this season. In his third game back
after missing two months, including 30 days in a California rehab
facility, Young was 0-for-3 before leaving after five innings. ...
The game drew 40,355 fans, the sixth sellout in Detroit's last
eight home games. ... Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Polanco might
be able to play in Monday's series opener at Cleveland.