" Figure this: Oakland rallied back from a seven-run deficit, making this the biggest blown lead for Detroit since 2004.
" No relief: Todd Jones blew his sixth save of the season, giving up a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to Kurt Suzuki.
" Hunt for October: The Tigers remain 5½ games back of the front-running Indians in the AL Central.
" Injury update: Kenny Rogers is scheduled to start Wednesday against the White Sox.
-- ESPN.com news services
Athletics 8, Tigers 7 (10 innings)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Tigers can't afford to collapse the
way they did Sunday. The defending AL champions need a big
September to guarantee another October run.
Detroit led the rubber game with Oakland 7-0 before blowing a
chance to gain a game on first-place Cleveland in the AL Central
race, when the Athletics' Jack Hannahan blooped a game-winning
single to shallow left in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over
"A loss like this hurts in April, May, June, July, August or
September," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's significant
that we had a chance to pick up a game in the division and the
wild-card race and we let it get away. We can't do that. We had a
nice lead. We couldn't get nine outs with a five-run lead."
Huston Street (4-2) pitched a perfect 10th with two strikeouts
for the win in the A's fourth extra-inning contest in their last
six games. They have won three of those, and Hannahan had his
second game-winning hit of the homestand.
The Tigers seemed poised to pull within 4½ games of the
first-place Indians after the Chicago White Sox won 8-0 in
Cleveland to avoid a weekend sweep, but Kurt Suzuki hit a tying,
two-run homer in the ninth for the A's off Todd Jones. That leaves
Detroit 5½ back.
"We should have won the game," Jones said. "It's weird, but I
didn't think it was gone at all. He got it, man. I didn't have a
lot of sink today. This was a pretty important [one] today. We had
to have this one because everybody lost. It's frustrating when I go
out there and don't do my job."
Yorman Bazardo (0-1) plunked Ellis in the lower back to start
the 10th, then Hannahan followed with his single against his former
team that landed fair just beyond the infield dirt behind third and
bounced into foul territory.
Shannon Stewart followed Suzuki's sixth homer with a single and
Nick Swisher walked before both advanced on a wild pitch. Jones
intentionally walked Jack Cust to load the bases, then Mike Piazza
grounded into a double play that started with shortstop Ramon Santiago throwing tothrowing catcher Ivan Rodriguez to get out Stewart at
Suzuki, a rookie catcher, is getting himself recognized.
"It's great coming off a guy like Todd Jones, who's one of the
best in the game and has been doing it a long time," Suzuki said.
Robertson took a perfect game into the fifth and received early
run support. Marcus Thames hit a two-run double in the first and
doubled in another run in his team's five-run fifth. Ryan Raburn
also added an RBI double in the fifth and Santiago doubled twice,
tripled and drove in two runs in the No. 9 hole.
Robertson retired the first 13 A's batters -- and did so
efficiently, too: He needed only seven pitches to get through the
first and his count was at 43 after four. He got a lot of swings
and misses and weakly hit balls with his slider, which was an
effective out pitch all day.
Dan Johnson broke up Robertson's bid with a sharp single to
right with one out in the fifth, then Ellis followed with a base
hit before Hannahan's double off the wall in right-center scored
them both. Suzuki drove in two runs on a seventh-inning single up
the middle off Fernando Rodney, then Swisher followed with an RBI
single and Tim Byrdak relieved.
Robertson allowed two runs and four hits, struck out five and
walked one in six innings, but hasn't won since a victory over
Oakland on Aug. 12. Verlander pitched Detroit to a 6-1 victory
Joel Zumaya got the final out of the seventh and pitched a
perfect eighth before Jones blew his sixth save of the year.
Leyland rested a few of his regulars for part of the game.
Infielder Carlos Guillen, Rodriguez and center fielder Curtis Granderson got the day off from starting but played later. Magglio Ordonez was designated hitter for the second straight day, giving
him a chance to take some pressure off his sore left heel.
The Tigers have something to look forward to this week: Kenny Rogers is returning to the rotation for the stretch run.
Rogers is scheduled to start Wednesday against the White Sox at
Comerica Park, which will be the left-hander's first outing since
July 25. Rogers went on the 15-day disabled list for the second
time this season the following day with inflammation in his left
"I think any time you get a guy like that back, it's certainly
good for morale," Leyland said.
The Tigers got to left-hander Dallas Braden in a hurry again.
Braden, the A's lone September callup Saturday, has lost seven
straight decisions since winning his first major league start April
24 at Baltimore.
"I tell you what, I didn't give up seven home runs to one guy
in one inning this time, and I got a taste of what the third
inning's like," Braden said.
Braden was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings -- another short outing for the lefty against the Tigers. He lost at
Detroit's Comerica Park in his previous big league start Aug. 12,
going only 1 2/3 innings after giving up eight runs on seven hits
with two home runs.
Braden had pitched back-to-back complete games in his last two
outings for Triple-A Sacramento, including a 17-strikeout
performance Aug. 27 against Colorado Springs.
The A's won the season series 6-4. ... A's SS Bobby Crosby
is no longer wearing a cast on his broken left hand and will join
the team Monday in Anaheim.