A's Dump the Tigers 7-1

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in his second game back from a two-month injury absence, and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs in the Oakland Athletics' 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the last-place A's, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a rare 11-hit effort from a club that's last in the AL in batting average, hits, total bases and homers.

Gerald Laird had an RBI double for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have lost three of four after a seven-game winning streak.

Detroit's Rick Porcello (8-5) made one of the poorest starts of his rookie season, yielding nine hits and five runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning. The right-hander had won seven of his previous 10 starts, but matched his second-shortest appearance of the season against Oakland's unimpressive lineup.

Brett Anderson (4-7) earned his first victory in four starts, allowing four hits and four walks but mostly escaping trouble in 5 1-3 innings.

Oakland got a surprising boost from Ellis, the veteran infielder who returned Sunday after missing two months with a strained left calf. Sweeney also contributed three hits for the second straight game, while Matt Holliday had two hits and scored two runs.

Yet the A's still didn't get much from Jason Giambi, who scored a run but went 0 for 3 to drop his average to .200. The former MVP is 12 for 76 in June, including a current 2-for-23 slump.

Holliday started Oakland's first rally with a one-out single in the fourth. After Giambi walked, Suzuki knocked a double just inside the left-field line to score Holliday, and Giambi hustled home on Sweeney's infield single.

An inning later, Ellis' line drive hit the first row of seats above the "330" sign in the left-field corner, scoring Landon Powell. Adam Kennedy then put Oakland up 5-0 by scoring on Holliday's grounder.

After Porcello was chased, left-hander Fu-Te Ni struck out Giambi in his major league debut. Ni, who had three strikeouts but allowed Sweeney's homer leading off the sixth, is the first Taiwanese pitcher in Tigers history.

Marcus Thames drew a leadoff walk from Anderson in the sixth and scored on Laird's double off reliever Michael Wuertz, who struck out four of the six batters he faced.


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