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Apr 17, 2011 - 6:56 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Hideki Matsui drove in a run and scored during Oakland's three-run fourth inning, putting the Athletics on top for good en route to a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the third meeting of a four-game series.

Dallas Braden (1-1) exited with stiffness in his throwing shoulder after allowing one unearned run on three hits in five innings for the A's, whose relievers --- Brad Ziegler, Craig Breslow, Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes -- combined to allow one run on three hits and four walks over the final four frames.

Justin Verlander (1-2) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in six innings to take the loss, Detroit's first in five games.

The Tigers took an early lead in their second at-bat, as Miguel Cabrera raced home from third on Brennan Boesch's grounder to first and scored standing up when Kurt Suzuki couldn't handle Daric Barton's low throw.

The lead was short-lived, as Oakland went ahead with three straight doubles to open the fourth inning. David DeJesus led off with a two-bagger and scored on Josh Willingham's dribbler down the third-base line.

Matsui followed with a double to right field for a 2-1 lead, then scored on Suzuki's base hit to left.

"They jumped on a couple pitches they could hit," Verlander said of the pivotal frame. "It was a tough inning."

Oakland added another run on doubles from Kevin Kouzmanoff and Coco Crisp in the sixth.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney added an RBI triple off Enrique Gonzalez in the eighth, then scored on a Kouzmanoff sac fly for a 6-1 lead.

Fuentes relieved Balfour with two on and no outs in the ninth, and limited the damage to Austin Jackson's run-scoring fielder's choice grounder.

"I thought it was a good team win. We swung the bats well and the pitchers did [their job] again," Suzuki said.

Game Notes

The A's came into the series with wins in four of five games, but they were shut out, 3-0, in the opener and lost in 10 innings, 8-4, on Friday...Victor Martinez had two of Detroit's six hits...Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez returned from a four-game absence (ankle) and went 1-for-4...DeJesus and Matsui each had two hits.

  • DETROIT: 2
    OAKLAND: 6

    Apr 17 12:13 AM

  • Austin Jackson grounded into a fielder's choice, first to short scored Jhonny Peralta with two out. Runners on first and third and Ryan Raburn due up.

    Tigers 2, Athletics 6  Top 9, 2 OutsApr 17 12:07 AM

  • Kevin Kouzmanoff sacrifice fly to center scored Ryan Sweeney with one out. None on and Cliff Pennington due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 6  Bot 8, 1 OutApr 16 11:47 PM

  • Pinch-Hitter Ryan Sweeney tripled to right scored Kurt Suzuki with none out. Runner on third and Kevin Kouzmanoff due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 16 11:46 PM

  • Coco Crisp doubled to right scored Kevin Kouzmanoff with two out. Runner on second and Daric Barton due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 4  Bot 6, 2 OutsApr 16 11:00 PM
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    Tigers 1, Athletics 3  End 4Apr 16 10:21 PM

  • Kurt Suzuki singled to left scored Hideki Matsui with none out. On the play, Kurt Suzuki advances to second on Ryan Raburn's fielding error. Runner on second and Andy LaRoche due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 16 10:12 PM

  • Hideki Matsui doubled to right scored Josh Willingham with none out. Runner on second and Kurt Suzuki due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 16 10:08 PM

  • Brennan Boesch safe on fielder's choice. On the play, Miguel Cabrera scored on Daric Barton's throwing error with one out. Runners on first and third and Brandon Inge due up.

    Tigers 1, Athletics 0  Top 2, 1 OutApr 16 9:30 PM

  • DETROIT: 0
    OAKLAND: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Apr 16 9:08 PM