Tigers At Athletics: Justin Verlander Wins 24th As Detroit Earns Series Split

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Tigers Get Series Split With Athletics Behind Justin Verlander's 24th Win

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Justin Verlander padded his potential Cy Young Award-winning season — and MVP candidacy — with another sublime outing, tossing eight scoreless innings in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory over the Athletics.

Verlander (24-5) won his club-record 12th consecutive start by yielding just three hits and three walks, while also becoming the first American League pitcher to notch 24 wins since Oakland’s Bob Welch won 27 in 1990.

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer for the AL Central champion Tigers, who split this four-game series.

Guillermo Moscoso (8-9) lost despite giving up only one hit — Jackson’s homer to straightaway center leading off the sixth.

It wound up being Moscoso’s last frame, having walked two while fanning eight.

Craig Breslow gave up a run in the eighth when Brandon Inge hit a pinch-hit double to left to plate Jackson, who reached on a one-out single.

Alex Avila scored on Ramon Santiago’s suicide squeeze an inning later, and Jose Valverde hurled a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his franchise-record 46th save in as many chances.

Verlander lowered his earned run average from 2.36 to 2.29. He also became the first Tiger to win 10 consecutive road starts since Denny McClain won 16 in a row from April 21-August 16, 1968…The A’s have been shut out 15 times.


Tigers Follow Up Last Night's Celebration With 5-3 Loss To Athletics

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Gio Gonzalez threw seven innings of one-run ball to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the third of a four-game set.

The Tigers were playing the game with a victory hangover as the team clinched the AL Central title on Friday night with a 3-1 win. It is Detroit's first division crown since winning the AL East in 1987 and its first appearance in the playoffs since 2006 as a wild card.

Coco Crisp drove in two runs while Jemile Weeks had three hits and an RBI for the Athletics, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Gonzalez (14-12) gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts to win his second straight start.

Don Kelly hit a two-run double while Jhonny Peralta drove in the other run for the Tigers, who fell to 13-3 in September. Rick Porcello (14-9) went seven innings and was tagged for three runs on nine hits to take the loss.

The A's got on the board in the second on RBI singles from Scott Sizemore and Crisp for a 2-0 lead and added another run in the third on a sacrifice fly from Kurt Suzuki.

Detroit had men on base in each inning except for the second, but were unable to put a run across until the sixth when Peralta lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Magglio Ordonez to make it a 3-1 game.

Weeks and Crisp added RBI singles in the eighth while Kelly nailed a pinch- hit, two-run double in the ninth to make it a two-run game and put the tying run at the plate with one out.

Andrew Bailey, though, struck out pinch-hitter Alex Avila and Austin Jackson to end the game.

Oakland has won five of the nine games with Detroit this season...Porcello had won his previous three decisions. He fell to 2-4 in seven starts against the Athletics...Gonzalez is now 1-3 in five starts against Detroit.


Tigers Beat Athletics 3-1 To Clinch American League Central Division

No collapses, no post-All-Star break trauma. This Detroit Tigers team was all business.

Doug Fister pitched another masterful game as the Tigers won their first divisional championship since 1987 with a 3-1 win over Oakland.

Detroit last won a division title as members of the American League East before Major League Baseball realigned its divisions. This was the Tigers’ first crown as members of the Central Division.

Fister did his part yet again, giving up just three hits in eight innings, allowing only Josh Willingham’s solo homer in the second to reach the scoreboard. Fister, who came over at the trade deadline from last-place Seattle, is now a division champion after compiling a 6-1 record with Detroit.

Don Kelly hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game at one and then homered in the seventh to stretch the lead to 3-1. Wilson Betemit tripled in the winning run in the sixth to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage.

Jose Valverde relieved Fister despite having thrown just 91 pitches, and worked around a lead off double to earn his 45th straight save.

It was quite a turn from years past in which Detroit held division leads for large portions of time but could not hold on to them when it mattered the most. The Tigers were one of the hottest teams in baseball during the first half of 2006, but were bumped from the top of the standings in the final days of the season and had to hold on for a wild card berth.

Then in 2009 the team infamously blew a three game lead with four to play, losing a tie-breaker contest with Minnesota. No more.

There would be no doubts this time after Detroit ripped off 12 straight wins — all against divisional opponents — before losing last night to the Athletics that increased their division lead to 13 1/2 games coming into tonight’s contest.


Tigers' Winning Streak Ends At 12 In 6-1 Loss To Athletics

Keep the champagne on ice for one more night.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer played long ball with the Athletics all night, giving up three home runs in a 6-1 loss that ended a 12-game Detroit winning streak.

The Tigers’ magic number for clinching the American League Central still dropped to one, however, after both Chicago and Cleveland lost on Thursday. Chicago’s loss eliminated them altogether; Cleveland can only lose one more time all season and would need the Tigers to lose their remaining games as well to stay alive.

Scherzer managed to get through five innings, but gave up a three-run homer to David DeJesus with two out in the first inning to stake Oakland to a 3-0 lead. Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington both hit solo shots off Scherzer in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

Delmon Young’s solo homer in the third accounted for the lone Detroit run.

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