The A's made a run of it in the 9th inning, but this time around, the A's would earn a walk-off, as they fell to the Tigers 5-4 at the O.co Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers struck first in the third inning, after a lead-off double by Ian Kinsler off Jesse Chavez (4-3). After Don Kelly moved Kinsler to third on a ground out, Miguel Cabrera brought him in with another groundout, to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
However, Oakland would take a 2-1 lead off of a two-run home run from Nick Punto, which was his first as an Athletic, off Rick Porcello.
In the fifth, the Tigers would see a single from Andrew Romine, an RBI double from Kinsler and a single from Kelly before a sac fly from Cabrera for his second RBI of the game, gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead. The A's had their own opportunity in the bottom of the inning with two straight hits to start the inning from Coco Crisp and John Jaso but neither Donaldson, Moss or Cespedes could take advantage. The A's would go 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base.
After Chavez completed six innings on 107 pitches (5 hits, 3 ER), Jim Johnson would come in for relief in the seventh, and again struggle at home. Johnson would get the first batter out, but gave up back to back hits, followed by a two-run double from Victor Martinez to seal the A's fate.
Oakland would make one last run in the ninth inning, as Josh Donaldson began the inning with a lead-off double. After a ground out from Moss, a Cespedes single drove in Donaldson to make it 5-3.
Alberto Callaspo would strike out in the next at-bat, but Josh Reddick kept hope alive with an RBI double. Nick Punto would then draw a walk, but a groundout from Jed Lowrie, who pinch-hit for Eric Sogard, ended the game.
The A's fell to 32-22 but remain in first place, while they look towards tomorrow's game against the visiting Angels.