The Tigers couldn’t from an 8-3 loss to the Athletics in the series opener on Tuesday night, losing 9-8 thanks to some late-game heroics from Oakland.
Jed Lowrie gave the Athletics the lead, as they wouldn’t look back, with a grand slam off Alex Wilson in the eighth inning.
It wasn’t the best outing for Chad Bell, either, as he got the start for the Tigers (62-89). He was searching for his first MLB win as a starter, but went just 3 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. He did strike out five batters.
Nick Castellanos was the talk of the night as he drilled a two-run home run in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. He nearly had another homer in the eighth to give the Tigers the late lead, but it fell just short for a double. Alex Presley went 4-for-6 with a homer and a double.
Daniel Gossett, the Athletics’ (68-83) starter, went just 4 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six earned runs.
After possibly his best start of the season last week, Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 7.03 ERA) will get the nod for the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. Daniel Mengden (1-1, 4.30) will go for the Athletics.
Bottom 9th: Athletics 9, Tigers 8
Blake Treinen came in looking for the save.
Jose Iglesias swung on the first pitch he saw and flew out to left. Ian Kinsler struck out looking. Alex Presley recorded his fourth hit with a single up the middle. JaCoby Jones would pinch-run for Presley at first. In his first at-bat, Andrew Romine grounded out softly to third.
Top 9th: Athletics 9, Tigers 8
Blaine Hardy remained on the mound for the Tigers.
Matt Chapman struck out swinging. Jake Smolinski, getting his first at-bat of the game, popped out to shallow center. Josh Phegley, also getting his first at-bat, singled to left. Hardy would then be replaced by Shane Greene. Franklin Barreto grounded to third and Jeimer Candelario made a nice play and throw to first as Efren Navarro made the scoop in the dirt for the out.
Bottom 8th: Athletics 9, Tigers 8
Chris Hatcher entered the game for the Athletics on the mound.
Miguel Cabrera led off with a single to right field, his third hit of the game. Nick Castellanos then got a big swing on one and nearly hit it out over the left-center field wall, however it landed on the warning track for a double. Jeimer Candelario grounded out to first, holding the runners at second and third.
Efren Navarro was then intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. James McCann struck out at a pitch high and out of the strike zone. Mikie Mahtook was then called out on strikes on a checked swing that went too far.
Top 8th: Athletics 9, Tigers 8
Alex Wilson remained on the mound.
Joey Wendle entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Dustin Garneau. He sliced a single past Jose Iglesias at short and into left field. Franklin Baretto then hit a line drive single to right. Chad Pinder then lined a single into left to load the bases with no outs. Jed Lowrie then hit a grand slam to five the Athletics a lead.
Khris Davis struck out swinging, but that would be the end of Wilson's day. Blaine Hardy would take the mound with one out.
Matt Olson popped out to Efren Navarro in shallow right. Ryon Healy then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 8, Athletics 5
Santiago Casilla entered the game in relief for the Athletics.
On the second pitch, Jose Iglesias flew out to right field. Ian Kinsler struck out swinging. Alex Presley chopped back to the mound for the final out.
Top 7th: Tigers 8, Athletics 5
Drew VerHagen took the mound again for the Tigers.
Chad Pinder was called out on strikes. Jed Lowrie hit a soft liner right over second base and into center field. Khris Davis then singled through the left side of the infield, ending VerHagen's night. Daniel Stumpf would replace him.
Matt Olson was walked to load the bases and Brad Ausmus went right back to the bullpen, bringing in Alex Wilson. A grounder to short off the bat of Ryon Healy was mishandled by Jose Iglesias and everyone was safe. Matt Chapman was caught looking for strike three. Matt Joyce, pinch-hitting for Mark Canha, flew out to right field.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 8, Athletics 4
Michael Brady replaced Daniel Coulombe on the mound for the Athletics.
Miguel Cabrera led off the home half with a double down to the right field corner. Nick Castellanos then drilled a two-run homer over the left field wall to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Jeimer Candelario then walked. Efren Navarro struck out looking. James McCann grounded into what looked to be a double play to first, but the Athletics were only able to get the out at second. Mikie Mahtook popped out into foul territory behind third base.
Top 6th: Tigers 6, Athletics 4
Warwick Saupold remained in the game.
Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line and Matt Chapman grounded out to first. Mark Canha singled through the left side of the infield, playing Healy. Drew VerHagen replaced Saupold. Dustin Garneau popped out to shallow right. Franklin Barreto struck out to end the threat.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 6, Athletics 3
Alex Presley led off the inning with a solo home run. Miguel Cabrera then struck out swinging. Nick Castellanos grounded out to short, still looking to extend his 15-game hitting streak. Jeimer Candelario chopped a ball to third, but it took a hope past the third baseman and into left for a single. Efren Navarro walked.
James McCann then tripled down the left field line which took a weird bounce off the wall in foul territory and Khris Davis slipped, allowing the three-bagger and two RBIs. Daniel Gossett's night was finished and he was replaced by Daniel Coulombe. Mikie Mahtook, who replaced Tyler Collins, was then walked with two outs. Jose Iglesias then hit a double into the right-center field gap, scoring McCann and Mahtook reached third. Alex Presley struck out to end the fifth.
Top 5th: Athletics 3, Tigers 2
Jed Lowrie popped out to short, Khris Davis struck out swinging and Matt Olson struck out swinging for a 1-2-3 fifth inning for Warwick Saupold.
Bottom 4th: Athletics 3, Tigers 2
Nick Castellanos started the bottom half with a groundout to short. Jeimer Candelario grounded out to first. Efren Navarro then stroked a two-out double over the center fielder's head. James McCann blooped one right over the second baseman's head to score Navarro. Tyler Collins and Jose Iglesias walked to load the bases with two outs. Ian Kinsler grounded out to third.
Top 4th: Athletics 3, Tigers 1
Matt Chapman walked to start the fourth. Mark Canha popped out to second. Dustin Garneau also walked. Warwick Saupold entered the game in relief of Chad Bell.
Franklin Barreto flew out to left and Chad Pinder struck out to end the threat.
Bottom 3rd: Athletics 3, Tigers 1
Tyler Collins grounded out softly to short and Jose Iglesias grounded out to third before Ian Kinsler homered to left field. Alex Presley looped a single into center. Miguel Cabrera then grounded out to third to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Athletics 3, Tigers 0
Dustin Garneau hit a line drive single to center. Franklin Barreto grounded out to first, moving Garneau to second. Chad Pinder then singled to left. Jed Lowrie then doubled to center to score Garneau and move Pinder to third. Khris Davis then walked to load the bases. Matt Olson struck out swinging and Ryon Healy grounded out to short.
Bottom 2nd: Athletics 2, Tigers 0
Jeimer Candelario worked a 3-0 count, but ended up grounding out to second. Efren Navarro struck out swinging. James McCann struck out looking.
Top 2nd: Athletics 2, Tigers 0
Khris Davis struck out looking to start the second. Matt Olson took the first pitch he saw and blasted it into the right field bleachers. He now has 12 home runs in his last 16 games. Ryon Healy flew out to right. Matt Chapman then hit a solo home run of his own. Mark Canha struck out on a checked swing that went too far.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Athletics 0
Ian Kinsler led off the home half with a fly out to right field. Alex Presley slapped a double down the right field line but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Miguel Cabrera hit a soft single to center with two outs. Nick Castellanos grounded softly into a fielder's choice to shorty.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Athletics 0
Chad Bell got the start for the Tigers after a short weather delay.
Franklin Barreto struck out looking on three pitches. Chad Pinder also struck out looking. Jed Lowrie then hit a fly ball to center for the final out.
There appears to be no rest for the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers play their 12th game in as many days — part of a stretch of 16 straight without a day off — when they take on the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.
The Tigers are 3-8 during the stretch.
Left-hander Chad Bell (0-3, 6.42 ERA) will make his 23rd appearance — and his fourth start — this season. He's been hit pretty hard as a starter, to the tune of a 9.75 ERA and 2.33 WHIP. He hasn't survived the fifth inning in any start.
The Athletics counter with right-hander Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.02 ERA).
ATHLETICS AT TIGERS
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Comerica Park, Detroit.
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 62-88, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 31 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Athletics are 67-83, fifth place in the AL West, 24.5 games behind the Houston Astros.
1. Franklin Barretto, SS
2. Chad Pinder, CF
3. Jed Lowrie, 2B
4. Khris Davis, LF
5. Matt Olson, 1B
6. Ryon Healy, DH
7. Matt Chapman, 3B
8. Mark Canha, RF
9. Dustin Garneau, C
SP: Daniel Gossett, RHP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
4. Nick Castellanos, RF
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. Efren Navarro, 1B
7. James McCann, C
8. Tyler Collins, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Chad Bell, LHP