The Oakland Athletics were hoping to pad their Wild Card lead against the Detroit Tigers. Instead, after Wednesday's 6-2 loss, they have dropped the first two games of the series and will be trying to avoid being swept.
The Tigers broke through in the third inning with a two-run double from Omar Infante.
Brett Anderson, fresh off his first loss of the season, had to be removed from the game in the third inning due to an oblique strain. He was charged with three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings, with the last run coming in the third on a Delmon Young sacrifice fly right after Anderson was lifted.
Jhonny Peralta stretched the Detroit lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning with an RBI single. Miguel Cabrera hit his 41st home run of the year in the seventh and Infante contributed an RBI groundout in the eighth to make it 6-0.
The A's mounted a two-out rally in the ninth inning to avoid the shutout, as Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew hit RBI singles, but that was the extent of their offensive explosion.
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