Sean Doolittle lost the lead and gave up two runs in the seventh inning, Ryan Cook and Brett Anderson yielded three more in the eighth, and the Tigers rallied for an 8-6 win to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
The Oakland Athletics have beaten Detroit with both pitching and power. And that’s left the Tigers on the brink of elimination – and simmering with frustration.
Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight victory, 10-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in a game cut short by rain on Tuesday night.
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Bartolo Colon allowed three hits and the Oakland Athletics capitalized on eight walks, two balks and two errors to beat the Boston Red Sox 13-0 in a rain-shortened seven-inning game Tuesday night.
Bartolo Colon pitched six crisp innings, Josh Reddick doubled in two runs during a six-run first and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Wednesday to complete another three-game sweep.
Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings Thursday night, leading Oakland to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
When all was accounted for, Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon each allowed a pair of runs in four innings, the longest outing of the spring for both, and that was it for the offenses for both teams as the Diamondbacks and Athletics finished in a 2-2 tie Friday.
Jemile Weeks hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, Seth Smith later homered and the Athletics beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 11-6 on Wednesday.