Athletics Vs. Tigers: Oakland Settles For Series Split

The Oakland A's are starting to turn some heads with their scrappy play. They hosted the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series at O.co Coliseum but the two teams split the series.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game 4 Final Score: Justin Verlander Helps Detroit Take Final Game, 3-1

The Oakland Athletics hosted the Detroit Tigers on Sunday in the final game of their four-game series at O.co Coliseum. The A's had won two straight but dropped the finale on Sunday by a final score of 3-1 as they ran up against the reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP, Detroit ace Justin Verlander.

Oakland starter Jarrod Parker started off strong as well, but the Tigers got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on a Miguel Cabrera RBI single. Seth Smith hit a leadoff home run off of Verlander in the bottom of the fifth to tie things right back up, 1-1.

In the top of the sixth, Parker walked the bases loaded with two outs and Oakland brought in Grant Balfour to get the final out of the inning. Unfortunately, Balfour walked Austin Jackson to force in the second Tigers run, which would end up being the difference in the game.

In the top of the ninth, Cabrera hit another RBI single to tack on an insurance run and Jose Valverde had a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth for the save.

Verlander struck out eight and walked one in seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits. Joaquin Benoit and Valverde would allow just one more Oakland baserunner, on a Benoit walk.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game 3 Final Score: Brandon McCarthy Pitches Oakland To 3-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers for the second straight day on Saturday. Oakland takes a 2-1 advantage in the four-game series with a 3-1 win.

Oakland got the scoring starting in the bottom of the first inning when Jonny Gomes singled home Jemile Weeks. Brandon McCarthy held the score right there until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Cliff Pennington hit an RBI triple and Daric Barton then singled in Pennington to put the A's up 3-0.

Brian Fuentes came in for the ninth inning. After striking out prince Fielder, Fuentes gave up a double to Delmon Young and threw a wild pitch that allowed Young to take third base. Young was able to score on an Alex Avila sacrifice fly for the Tigers to avoid being shut out.

McCarthy went seven strong innings, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out 10 Tigers hitters. Oakland pitchers struck out 12 and walked one while holding the Tigers to five hits.

The A's will go for the series victory on Sunday.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game 2 Final Score: Oakland Prevails With Dominating 11-4 Win

The Oakland Athletics had a much easier time generating offense on Friday night, in their second game of their four-game series against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The A's ran wild en route to an 11-4 victory.

Detroit scored a run on a double-play in the top of the first inning, but the A's immediately answered back in the bottom of the frame with RBI hits by Kila Ka'aihue and Brandon Inge to take a 2-1 lead. The Tigers tied things up in the top of the third on a Miguel Cabrera RBI single, but again the A's answered back with a two-run bottom of the inning. This time the runs came on a Josh Reddick homer and a Seth Smith RBI double.

The A's put together a pair of backbreaking innings in the sixth and seventh. Reddick hit an RBI single before Inge continued his ridiculous hot streak with a three-run homer that put the A's up 8-2. Three more runs would follow in the seventh inning on Reddick's second homer of the game.

The Tigers would only manage to scratch together two more runs in the top of the eighth.

Tom Milone gave up just two runs (one earned) in seven innings, on five hits and a walk. He improves to 5-2.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers, Game 1 Final Score: Disaster Inning Dooms Oakland In 10-6 Loss

The Oakland Athletics hosted the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night in the first game of a three-game series. The A's had their most consistent start on the mound in Bartolo Colon, but things did not go to plan and the Tiger -- who had just dropped two of three against the Seattle Mariners -- whomped up on the A's by a final score of 10-6.

The Tigers scored a run in the top of the first inning on a home run by Andy Dirks. The A's plated two runs in the bottom of the second, however, when Kila Ka'aihue launched a home run of his own to give Oakland a 2-1 lead.

The lead was short-lived, as the Tigers put up a massive eight-run inning in the top of the third. Austin Jackson and Dirks led off the inning with doubles and a Miguel Cabrera double tied the game. Prince Fielder then reached base on a fielding error by Ka'aihue, allowing the go-ahead run to score. An RBI single by Delmon Young made the score 4-1 and the runners advanced to second and third base on a Josh Reddick fielding error. Alex Avila doubled home both runners before Colon finally recorded the first out of the inning, getting Ryan Raburn to fly out. Brennan Boesch then doubled home Avila and that finally did it for Colon, as the A's brought in Jordan Norberto. Norberto gave up two more runs before the inning finally came to an end. In all, Colon was charged with eight runs, seven earned.

Miguel Cabrera drove in another run in the top of the fifth, to bring the score to 10-2. The A's threatened in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. Brandon Inge, the Detroit cast-off, launched his second grand slam in three games, closing the gap to 10-6.

Unfortunately, the A's would get no closer. Jose Valverde shut Oakland down in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer limited the A's to two runs on just five hits and two walks, striking out nine in 6.1 innings.

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Athletics Vs. Tigers Series Preview: Oakland Tries To Take Advantage Of Struggling Detroit Team

The Oakland A's are starting to turn some heads with their scrappy play. They host the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series at O.co Coliseum.

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