Tim Hudson pitched the Athletics to their 10th win in 13 games.
Detroit has lost eight of nine and dropped to 29-82, clinching its
10th straight losing season.Hudson (10-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in eight
innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.Hudson helped himself with five assists and two putouts. He
improved to 8-2 lifetime against Detroit.Wil Ledezma (3-6) lost his fourth start in a row, giving up four
runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the first on Chavez's homer, then
added two more runs in the second.With two outs, Scott Hatteberg lined a double and scored on Adam
Piatt's double. Eric Byrnes, who entered the game in a 3-for-35
slump, made it 3-0 with a line single.Bobby Higginson's eighth homer of the year made it 3-2 in the
third. Piatt moved the margin back to two runs with a 423-foot
homer in the fourth.Oakland loaded the bases in the fifth, but Ledezma struck out
Ramon Hernandez to end the inning.Chavez's second homer, his 22nd, made it 6-2 in the seventh.
Eric Munson hit a solo home run in the bottom half.Oakland pulled away with three runs off Chris Mears in the
ninth. Chavez hit a two-run double and Erubiel Durazo had an RBI
Piatt's homer was the 14th to clear the center-field fence
since Comerica Park opened in 2000 and the first since Alfonso
Soriano did it on June 1. ... The Tigers placed C A.J. Hinch
(groin) on the disabled list before the game and recalled C Brandon
Inge from Triple-A Toledo. ... The Tigers are 4-22 when Ledezma
pitches this season. ... The game featured five homers, the most at
Comerica Park since there were five in New York's 10-9, 17-inning
victory on June 1.