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DETROIT -- Torii Hunter's three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday gave Detroit a 7-6 victory over Oakland and saved the Tigers from being swept in their four-game series by the visiting Athletics.

Austin Jackson walked to lead off the ninth off Grant Balfour (0-3) and Prince Fielder walked with two outs. Victor Martinez lined an RBI single to center and Hunter, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, lined a 1-2 pitch to left center for the game-winning home run, his 15th.

Joaquin Benoit (4-0) allowed two hits in the top of the ninth but didn't allow a run to get the win. He got Brandon Moss, who hit his fourth home run in the last three games in the fifth, to fly out to left to end the inning.

Detroit may have suffered the loss of Miguel Cabrera for a game or two when he pulled up lame with what the club later called "discomfort in his abdomen" when he tried to limp out what normally would have been an easy double into right center in the fifth.

He was an easy third out at second and hobbled off the field holding his stomach in the left hip area, replaced defensively by Don Kelly, the starting right fielder. He is listed as day-to-day.

Moss' 25th home run, his seventh in 10 games, came one out after Josh Donaldson tripled off Max Scherzer to lead off the fifth and gave Oakland a 6-1 lead. He was 7-for-14 in the series with four home runs and 10 RBI.

Max Scherzer gave up eight hits in his five innings including two home runs, a triple and three doubles while being denied in his first try for his 20th victory. The six runs scored off him were the most he's allowed this year, although one was unearned.

Bartolo Colon lasted five innings after being activated off the disabled list earlier in the day and, while he gave up seven hits with at least one per inning, it was 4-0 before the Tigers broke through. Two singles plus a force out set Brayan Pena up for a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Jed Lowrie hit a two-run home run for Oakland three batters into the game and the A's got two more in the fourth on consecutive sacrifice flies by Daric Barton and Eric Sogard.

Prince Fielder led off the sixth with his 21st home run for Detroit, off reliever Jerry Blevins, and Ramon Santiago singled in a run off Danny Otero later in the inning.

NOTES: Detroit manager Jim Leyland isn't announcing his call-ups when rosters expand Sept. 1. "They're going to be spaced out," he said, meaning some players will be brought up earlier than others. ... RHP Evan Scribner, who did not pitch after being called up Monday, was returned to the minors Thursday when Colon was activated to start against Detroit. ... Tigers DH Victor Martinez entered Thursday hitting .294. He was hitting just .225 since June 28. ... Lowrie's first-inning home run gave him an 11-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.
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