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Tigers rally, beat A's in 10

Apr 16, 2011 - 10:28 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera sent the game to extra innings with a homer in the ninth, and the Tigers scored seven runs in the 10th to get by the Oakland Athletics, 8-4.

Brennan Boesch finished with three hits and highlighted the extra frame with a two-run double for Detroit's fourth straight win. Brayan Villarreal (1-0) got the final two outs of the ninth to earn his first major league victory.

Brian Fuentes (0-2), Oakland's closer with Andrew Bailey on the disabled list, surrendered Cabrera's homer and five more runs -- two earned -- in the tenth to take the loss.

The A's played three straight 10-inning games against the White Sox coming into the series, and were shut out in the four-game series opener on Thursday.

They were three outs away from returning the favor on Friday, but Cabrera greeted Fuentes with a leadoff shot in the ninth, sending his 1-1 offering on the outer half of the plate over the wall in right-center to tie the game.

Fuentes stayed in for the 10th, and Daric Barton had Alex Avila's ground ball go through his legs at first to start the inning. A pair of walks loaded the bases for Boesch, who doubled off the base of the wall in right to plate a pair.

Brad Ziegler came in from the bullpen after Cabrera was intentionally walked and gave up a few more runs. Victor Martinez continued the Tigers' streaky hitting with a RBI single, and Andy LaRoche's throwing error on a ball hit by Casper Wells brought in two more.

Brandon Inge's run-scoring groundout made it 7-1, and Avila ended the scoring with a RBI base hit to right.

Villarreal was pulled after putting the first three hitters on base in the bottom half. Joaquin Benoit limited the damage to a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Coco Crisp that plated Kurt Suzuki and David DeJesus' two-run single.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello stayed winless on the year despite allowing only one run on seven hits in his six-inning start.

His counterpart, Brandon McCarthy, was even better in a no-decision, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out seven in 6 2/3 scoreless frames.

"I thought it was a pretty good outing," McCarthy said. "I felt like I did a good job making some pitches to get out of some jams."

The A's took the lead on a manufactured run in the third, as Crisp singled with one away, stole second and scored when DeJesus fisted a humpback liner to right-center.

Game Notes

Detroit's Jim Leyland became the 19th manager in major league history to reach 1,500 victories...Tigers pitchers have not allowed a home run in eight straight games, the first time they've had such a stretch since June 3-11, 1981...Al Albuquerque made his major league debut for Detroit and tossed two- plus scoreless innings in relief...The seven runs allowed in the 10th were the most given up by the A's in an extra inning since July 3, 1983, when they surrendered 12 in a 15-inning loss to the Texas Rangers.

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  • David DeJesus single to center scored Ryan Sweeney and Coco Crisp. Runner on first with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.

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  • Coco Crisp advances to second on indifference. Runners on second and third with one out and Daric Barton at the plate.

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  • Alex Avila single to right scored Casper Wells. Runner on first with two outs and Ramon Santiago due up.

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  • Brandon Inge ground out third to first scored Victor Martinez. Runner on second with two outs and Alex Avila due up.

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  • Casper Wells reached first on Andy LaRoche's throwing error on a fielders choice attempt scoring Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera with one out. Runners on first and third and Brandon Inge due up.

    Tigers 6, Athletics 1  Top 10, 1 OutApr 16 1:17 AM

  • Victor Martinez singled to right scored Ryan Raburn with one out. Bases loaded and Casper Wells due up.

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  • Brennan Boesch double to right scored Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta. Runners on second and third with one out and Miguel Cabrera due up.

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  • David DeJesus single to center scored Coco Crisp with two out. Runner on first and Josh Willingham due up.

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