OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Detroit Tigers entered Sunday's series finale against the Oakland A's leading the majors in hitting with a .304 average. They had five starters in the their lineup batting at least .310 and one of those, Prince Fielder, leading the majors at .436.
Struggling A's right-hander Jarrod Parker took a 6.48 ERA to the mound, looking for his first win after two rough starts.
The result was predictable.
Detroit rocked Parker for eight runs and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings and cruised to a 10-1 victory at the Coliseum, winning the series two games to one.
The Tigers, who beat Parker in Games 1 and 5 last season during their American League Division Series win, scored twice in the first inning, twice in the second and four times in the fourth, knocking him out of the game.
Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson went 4-for-6 with his first home run of the season, three RBI and three runs scored, raising his average to .386. Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, one RBI and two runs scored. He raised his average to .407.
In all, the Tigers pounded out 14 hits, and every starter except No. 9 hitter Omar Infante had at least one hit.
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez won his second straight game and produced his third straight solid start, improving to 2-0. He held to the A's to one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking four while lowering his ERA to 1.42. He blanked the A's for three innings before they pushed a run across in the fourth.
Parker went 13-8 as a rookie last season, but he went 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in five spring training starts and continued struggling once the season began. His fell to 0-2 Sunday as his ERA soared to 10.80.
The Tigers quickly made it clear that Parker wasn't going to get on track against them.
Jackson lined Parker's first pitch of the game for a single to center, igniting a two-run rally. Hunter one-hopped a double off the center-field wall, scoring Jackson. Then with two on and one out, Victor Martinez brought Hunter home with a long single that landed at the base of the right-center wall.
Before taking off, Hunter had to wait to see whether right fielder Josh Reddick would be able to catch Martinez's deep fly. The A's relay to home beat Hunter, but he eluded catcher Derek Norris' tag with a nice hook slide.
The Tigers scored two more runs in the second when Avila hit a lead-off single and Jackson lined a two-run homer over the left field wall with one out, putting Detroit ahead 4-0.
Detroit made it 8-0 in the third, knocking Parker out of the game. After Jackson lined a one-out single to right, Hunter doubled him to third. Miguel Cabrera lined Parker's first pitch to left for a two-run single, increasing Detroit's lead to 6-0. Then Fielder lined an RBI double to left center, chasing Parker.
Andy Dirks' brought Fielder home with a single off reliever Evan Scribner, making it 8-0.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, whose start Tuesday at Seattle is being skipped, relieved Sanchez in the eighth and pitched two perfect innings.
NOTES: Right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel had a second straight day off to rest his inflamed pitching elbow. "We'll see how he is after the days off," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. Relievers Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly were also unavailable because of heavy use earlier in the series. ... A's center fielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp took batting practice and ran some sprints but was out of the lineup for a second straight day since straining his left groin Friday night against Detroit. He's day-to-day. John Jaso has hit leadoff in Crisp's absence. ... A's infielder Adam Rosales (strained left rib cage muscle) took batting practice against live pitching for a second straight day Sunday and appears close to being ready for a rehab assignment. "I think the next hurdle for him is turning double plays and making aggressive throws because that's how he did it," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Once we feel good about that he'll go out on a rehab assignment." ... Leyland's No. 1 early-season concern is his bullpen, which has struggled and is "not in sync," he said. "We're still searching around, grabbing straws down there. They're getting their chances. You've got to do something when you get in there."