A's 6, Tigers 3 (5 1/2 innings)

Richard L. Shook, Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


DETROIT -- Jed Lowrie hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Brandon Moss added a two-run home run in the fifth Tuesday night to power the Oakland Athletics to a rain-shortened 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Tommy Milone (10-9) gave up three runs in the first but followed with four scoreless innings to give Oakland its second consecutive win over Detroit.
The game was halted with the bases full of A's and no outs in the top of the sixth and finally declared official after a wait of 80 minutes.
Seth Smith led off the sixth with his seventh home run of the season off reliever Bruce Rondon.
Moss tagged a hanging Justin Verlander slider for a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Josh Donaldson reached first on a one-out error by second baseman Omar Infante. One out later, Moss hit an 0-1 pitch over the wall in deep left center.
Lowrie's two-run double in the first staked Milone to a 2-0 lead, but Detroit came right back with three in the bottom of the inning as a steady rain began to fall. Prince Fielder's bases-loaded two-run single tied the score, and a two-out error by second baseman Alberto Callaspo on Infante's easy grounder let in the go-ahead run.
A two-out walk plus Yoenis Cespedes' sharp RBI double tied the score at 3-3 in the third.
Verlander (12-10) only gave up four hits in five innings but threw 104 pitches. Two of his three walks led to runs. Of the five runs he allowed, three were earned.
NOTES: RHP Bartolo Colon will come off the disabled list Thursday to start for Oakland at Detroit. "We're going to play it by ear," manager Bob Melvin said in terms of a pitch count, "but he was getting a little worn down before his groin became an issue." ... Detroit C Alex Avila was activated from the concussion disabled list before the game and was in the starting lineup. He went 0-for-2. C Bryan Holaday was optioned to Toledo. ... LHP Brett Anderson is with the A's, but the team is unsure when it will activate him. Anderson will pitch out of the bullpen initially. ... Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera has 33 hits, 11 home runs and 31 RBIs this month. He joins Albert Belle (Cleveland, 1996) and Jim Rice (Boston, 1978) as the only players in the past 50 years with at least 30 hits, 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in two different months of a season.

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