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Cust's grand slam highlights eight-run sixth in wild win

Aug 11, 2007 - 3:54 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics have made a habit of comeback wins lately, and Jack Cust put an exclamation point on the latest one.

Cust hit his first career grand slam and had a career-high seven RBI as the Athletics posted a wild 16-10 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Cust, who also delivered a bases-clearing double in the third to give the Athletics a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead, stepped up to the plate for the second time in the contest with the bases loaded and belted a blast to center off Tigers reliever Macay McBride (1-1) to put the A's back in front, 12-9, after Detroit had rallied for eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

"I hit the ball real good," Cust said. "It was right on the barrel of the bat. I hit it to the big part of the park, so I knew it would be at least at sacrifice fly. I was real happy when it out."

After Oakland starter Joe Blanton set down 10 of the first 11 Tigers he faced through 3 1/3 frames and was holding an 8-1 lead, the floodgates opened on the righthander following Gary Sheffield's solo blast in a five-run fourth, starting a stretch of five consecutive Detroit hitters to reach base. Marcus Thames ended the inning's scoring with his second grand slam of the season to narrow the gap to 8-6.

Detroit tallied three more runs in the fifth as four straight hitters reached base to open the frame, highlighted by Sheffield's RBI single and Magglio Ordonez's two-run double to push Detroit ahead, 9-8.

However, Oakland did not go away as eight consecutive batters reached base in between Kurt Suzuki strikeouts in the sixth. Fellow rookie Travis Buck, who finished just a homer short of the cycle, was hit by a pitch to start the stretch.

"Some of the guys keep telling to go for the homer," Buck said. "I'm not a home run hitter, but in the last at-bat, I went up to swing as hard as I could, but (Tigers relief pitcher Fernando) Rodney's a burner and he just blew my bat apart."

Shannon Stewart and Nick Swisher drew consecutive walks to load the bases for Cust.

"No lead is safe with a lineup like the Tigers," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It could have been very deflating for us when we lost the lead. But we able to come back, keep scoring and let the bullpen take care of the rest."

Buck finished with four hits and scored three times for the A's, who have come from behind in five of their last six wins and scored 16 or more runs in a game for the third time this season.

"This sure wasn't a pitching duel," Buck said. "I'm glad that we ended up with more runs than they did."

Ruddy Lugo (3-0) allowed a run and two hits over two innings to receive the win.

Ordonez finished with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Tigers, who allowed double-digit runs in a contest for the 10th time this season.

The Tigers have lost three straight and six of their last eight games.

"With everything we've gone through, we're fortunate to be where we're at," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But, in saying that, you also guard against people having an excuse. 'Oh, well, Skip thinks we're fortunate. We can't keep going.' This team, they're trying (hard), they battled (hard) tonight. I'm very proud of them. Our pitching, obviously, just had a terrible night. That happens."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 2 4 1 0 8 0 0 0 16 14 0
    DETROIT 0 1 0 5 3 1 0 0 0 10 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - JOE BLANTON, RUDDY LUGO (5TH), ANDREW BROWN (7TH), HUSTON
    STREET (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    DET - JORDAN TATA, JASON GRILLI (3RD), MACAY MCBRIDE
    (4TH), ZACH MINER

    Aug 10 10:28 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 16
    DETROIT 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.292, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 9:42 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TRAVIS BUCK SCORED MARCO SCUTARO AND DONNIE
    MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, T BUCK ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 16
    DETROIT 9 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: S STEWART (.298, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 9:35 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DONNIE MURPHY SCORED MARK KOTSAY.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, M SCUTARO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 14
    DETROIT 9 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.241, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 9:29 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, M KOTSAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 13
    DETROIT 9 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D MURPHY (.241, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 9:27 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY JACK CUST (18) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF MACAY MCBRIDE SCORED TRAVIS BUCK, SHANNON STEWART AND NICK
    SWISHER.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12, DETROIT 9
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.265, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 9:16 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO AND GARY
    SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    DETROIT 9 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.311, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 8:54 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON FIRST, P POLANCO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    DETROIT 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.352, 2-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 8:49 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY MARCUS THAMES (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ, CARLOS GUILLEN AND
    SEAN CASEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8, DETROIT 6
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M RABELO (.282, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 8:31 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GARY SHEFFIELD (24) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JOE BLANTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.350, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 8:24 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TRAVIS BUCK SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T BUCK ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    DETROIT 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: S STEWART (.299, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 8:07 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED JACK CUST.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    DETROIT 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D MURPHY (.250, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 7:54 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACK CUST SCORED TRAVIS BUCK, SHANNON STEWART AND
    NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J CUST ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    DETROIT 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 7:47 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY SEAN CASEY SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.258, 11 HR, 32 RBI)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 7:35 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DONNIE MURPHY (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JORDAN TATA SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, DETROIT 0
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.238, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 7:28 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 1 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - JOE BLANTON
    DET - JORDAN TATA

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.299, 16 HR, 54 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.349, 7 HR, 50 RBI)
    G SHEFFIELD (.289, 23 HR, 67

    Athletics vs. TigersAug 10 7:14 PM