After losing two of the first three games of the series, Rick Porcello took the mound for the Detroit Tigers looking to even the series 2-2 at the O.co Coliseum Thursday afternoon in Oakland. Jesse Chavez was enlisted to battle Porcello for the A’s.
Porcello, despite walking a season-high six batters, got the win and is now 8-2 for the American League Central Division leading (30-20) Tigers.
Chavez, a former reliever, allowed just two runs in each of his last three starts against the White Sox, Cleveland and Toronto and sporting a 4-2 record going into the game, lost for the third time giving up eight hits, three runs while walking two.
Porcello need help though, only going 5 2/3 innings and getting out of a bases loaded, no-out situation in the second inning when he got Eric Sogard to bounce into a 1-2-3 double play and next batter Coco Crisp to ground out to Miguel Cabrera at first for the third out.
Nick Punto homered off Porcello in the fourth inning for his first home run of the season to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Detroit answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to regain the lead, 2-1.
The Tigers would score two more runs in the seventh inning on a Victor Martinez double to right field scoring Don Kelly and Miguel Cabrera each of whom had singled to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead.
The Athletics made a valiant attempt to tie the game in the ninth when Josh Donaldson led off with a double and Cespedes, two batters later, got him home on an infield single.
Josh Reddick doubled home Cepedes but was left at second base as the tying run in the bottom of the ninth when Jed Lowrie grounded out to first.
The Tigers were able to escape with a 2-2 series tie.