Athletics 5, Tigers 4, 15 innings
DETROIT (AP)—Damian Miller earned a long, cold soak in a tub filled with ice water.
“I told him to go lay in ice,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said.
“As a manager, I’d do the same thing,” Miller said after emerging from an extended stay in a cold tub. “It’s the right move, but it’s always nice to come through in that situation.”
“I threw enough pitches for it to be a start,” said Duchscherer, a former starter, after throwing 79 pitches.
Oakland has won four of five after losing nine of 11.
The A’s longest game of the season was a 14-inning loss to Seattle on April 19. Detroit, 1-3 in extra innings, had not played beyond the 10th this season.
“It’s disappointing when you play that long and you don’t win,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
Dye and Bobby Crosby hit leadoff, solo homers in the second and third innings to give Oakland a 2-1 lead.
Ivan Rodriguez, who left with a cramp in the 15th inning, capped a three-run fifth with an RBI single that put the Tigers ahead 4-3. Hatteberg’s single tied the game at 4 in the sixth.
One game after Mark Mulder gave Oakland’s “Big Three” a win for the first time in 16 days, Zito got a no-decision.
Zito went seven innings, his first outing longer than six innings since his first start, but watched the revamped Tigers scatter 10 singles all over the field.
“They’re a lot different than last year,” Zito said. “They’ve got some guys that can hit.”
Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, was 0-2 with a 9.56 ERA in his previous three starts, and hasn’t won since April 18.
Johnson had another rough outing for the Tigers, who hoped he would be their ace after signing a $7 million, two-year deal in December. The A’s chased Johnson with three straight singles to start the fifth, including Hatteberg’s game-tying single.
Since winning the season opener on April 5, Johnson has five losses and didn’t factor in the decision for a second time on Tuesday.
“I’m just really frustrated right now with the way I’m pitching,” Johnson said.
Dye hit his eighth home run in the second, ending an 18-game streak without a homer. Crosby’s line drive just over the left-field fence put the A’s ahead 2-1 in the third.
Mark Kotsay’s RBI double scored Crosby, and gave Oakland a 3-1 lead in the fifth.
In the fifth, Brandon Inge and Sanchez drove home the first two runs onsingles, and Rodriguez gave Detroit the lead with a single.
Hatteberg had four hits for the sixth time in his career, and the first time since 2002. … The A’s have home runs in 13 consecutive games, their longest streak since hitting homers in 17 straight early in the 2002 season. … Zito had five strikeouts and one walk. … The Tigers hope Dmitri Young will return to the lineup in two weeks at Kansas City. He broke his right legin the second game of the season.