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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