Oakland – Three games, 31 innings, one run.
That was the net result of Detroit Tigers’ series against the Oakland Athletics over the weekend.
Not surprisingly, the Tigers were swept, capped off by Sunday’s 6-0 clunker when they managed just five hits – two by Mike Gerber and one apiece by Nick Castellanos, Niko Goodrum and Jim Adduci.
Francisco Liriano (3-6) had a decent outing, giving up five hits and two runs over five innings but got no support.
Oakland has surged into playoff contention by winning 12 of 17 since the All-Star break. The A’s won 15 of 19 heading into the break.
A’s starter Trevor Cahill (4-2) struck out 10 in his six-inning, 93-pitch outing, and Khris Davis and Matt Chapman both homered for the second consecutive game.
Matt Olson also homered and Ramon Laureano added three hits and an RBI to help the streaking A’s win their sixth straight.
“That team can be very explosive and they made us pay a couple of times,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Kind of like how the whole series went.”
Oakland won all seven games against Detroit this season and has a franchise-record 12 consecutive victories over the Tigers.
The A’s blanked the Tigers on Friday night and allowed only an unearned run Saturday. It’s the first time in Oakland history that the team did not give up an earned run in a series of three or more games.
“We’re on a nice roll right now,” said manager Bob Melvin, whose team has won eight straight at the Oakland Coliseum. “The more games you win, the more confidence you have. It seems to be playing out right now.”
Cahill was masterful in one of his most dominant outings this season. The right-hander walked one and yielded three hits while pitching through traffic much of the afternoon.
Cahill retired Jim Aducci on a swinging strikeout with the bases loaded to end the first, got James McCann to line out with a runner at second in the fourth and then struck out Jeimer Candelario looking to end the sixth.
“We know the bullpen’s the strength,” Cahill said. “We know the guys can score, so it helps us out and gives us confidence to go out there and trust our stuff in the zone, knowing that we have the offense that can pick us up.”
It’s the first time Cahill has won three consecutive starts since 2012. He improved to 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA in seven starts at the Coliseum this season.
Davis provided all the offense Cahill needed with his 31st home run leading off the fourth. It was his 10th in 16 games since the All-Star break.
Chapman hit his 15th home run, a two-run shot off Daniel Stumpf, in the seventh.