(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Athletics had some trouble scoring runs last week on the road, which led to four straight losses despite stellar starting pitching. All these A's needed, of course, was to come back home to find their offensive mojo again, clearly.
Oakland beat the Detroit Tigers, 10-0, today at the O.co Coliseum, banging five home runs, while the starting pitching continued to impress -- Tommy Milone delivered 6.2 innings of shutout baseball against the team with the best record in the American League.
And now, for the moment, the A's have the best record in the AL (31-20), edging the Tigers (28-19) for that distinction. Of course, the teams will play three more times this week, including tomorrow's pitching duel between Sonny Gray and Max Scherzer.
But for now, let Oakland enjoy this one: in front of a sellout crowd, the A's hit four solo home runs off Detroit starter Drew Smyly, staking themselves to a 6-0 lead after four innings. Derek Norris' grand slam in the eighth inning provided the final four runs for the day.
The team broke a four-game losing streak, and now Oakland can focus on doing what it does best -- pleasing its home crowd. The first 10,000 fans today got free batting practice caps, but the A's fans today got a lot more than that: they got to see their guys win big, again.
The Tigers, of course, have been the Oakland postseason nemesis in the last decade, eliminating the A's from October ball in 2006, 2012 and 2013. The fans had to be pleased to see a little payback involved in today's contest, which was one of those perfect days at the ballpark.
This series against Detroit begins a tough stretch of the A's schedule, as well, so breaking the losing slide and getting off on the right foot at home had to feel good for Oakland. After the Tigers' four-game set, the A's host the second-place Los Angeles Angels this weekend for three games before heading out on a nine-game road trip.
(The Seattle Mariners beat the Angels today to give Oakland a 2.5-game cushion in the AL West division.)
The A's now have a 13-10 record at the Coliseum in 2014, while they have posted 18 wins in 28 games away from the O.co this year. Oakland has had one of the best home-field records in the majors the past two seasons on their way to two straight division titles, and nothing could be sweeter right now than beating the Tigers again and again this week.
It's never easy, but the swinging A's did it today, and fans will hope they can keep doing it all week.