A's earn series split by besting TigersApr 18, 2011 - 3:40 AM
Conor Jackson, Hideki Matsui and Cliff Pennington also knocked in a run apiece for Oakland, which earned a split in the series and has won three of its last five overall. Mark Ellis had a pair of doubles and scored a run in the victory.
Cahill (2-0) was stellar in his outing, allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine without issuing a walk.
"Great job by Trevor today," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He definitely answered the challenge, going eight innings and throwing 112 pitches."
Casper Wells accounted for the only offense with a homer for the Tigers, who have dropped two in a row after winning the previous four.
Brad Penny (0-2) suffered the loss after yielding five runs on four hits, with four walks in five-plus innings of work. The veteran right-hander struck out five.
Oakland manufactured a run in the fourth to open the scoring. Daric Barton drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a single by Jackson. After Willingham struck out, Matsui's groundout plated Barton.
The Athletics then tacked on three more in the fifth. Landon Powell led off with a double and the next two batters were retired before David DeJesus was hit by a pitch and Barton walked. A free pass to Jackson forced in a run and Willingham followed with a two-run single through the left side for a 4-0 game.
Wells' homer leading off the sixth got the Tigers on the board, but Oakland got the run back in the home half on Pennington's sacrifice fly.
Cahill stranded a runner in the seventh, worked around a leadoff single in the eighth and was lifted after throwing 112 pitches -- 80 for strikes -- in favor of Tyson Ross in the ninth.
The young right-hander gave up a leadoff single to Austin Jackson before settling down to strikeout Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera. Ryan Raburn then flied out to left to end the game.
"We should have found a way to get a win these last couple of days," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said.
These two teams split six meetings last season...Cahill improved to 2-1 in four career appearances against the Tigers...Oakland stranded seven runners on base, while Detroit left four.
- DETROIT: 1
Apr 17 6:47 PM
- Cliff Pennington sacrifice fly to left scored Mark Ellis with two out. Runner on first and David DeJesus due up.
Tigers 1, Athletics 5 Bot 6, 2 OutsApr 17 6:00 PM
- Casper Wells lead-off Home Run (1) to left. Will Rhymes due up.
Tigers 1, Athletics 4 Top 6, 0 OutsApr 17 5:44 PM
- Josh Willingham singled to left scored David DeJesus and Daric Barton. Runners on first and third with two outs and Hideki Matsui due up.
Tigers 0, Athletics 4 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 17 5:40 PM
- Conor Jackson walked. Landon Powell scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.
Tigers 0, Athletics 2 Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 17 5:38 PM
- Hideki Matsui ground out to pitcher scored Daric Barton with two out. Runner on second and Mark Ellis due up.
Tigers 0, Athletics 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 17 5:11 PM
- DETROIT: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 17 4:11 PM
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