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Tigers 1, A's 0: David Price, bullpen combine to shut out Oakland

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A strong start by Price and a stellar bullpen earned a slim win, despite nearly no help offensively and mistakes on the basepaths.

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David Price shut out the Oakland A's for seven innings, scattering five hits as the Detroit Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory in Oakland.

Anthony Gose led off the game with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Josh Phegley, and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rajai Davis with what would be the only run of the game.

Oakland starter Jesse Chavez went eight innings, allowing the Tigers just five hits, striking out four. Detroit put a couple of runners on in the top of the ninth inning against Oakland closer, Tyler Clippard, but failed to score.

Davis walked but was thrown out attempting to steal second when he missed a stop sign. Cabrera then singled past third baseman Brett Lawrie, and J.D. Martinez walked, moving Cabrera to second. Yoenis Cespedes then popped out to left field to end the threat.

The Tigers bullpen comprised of Joba Chamberlain, Tom Gorzelanny, and Joakim Soria, recorded the last six outs to preserve the shutout and the victory for Detroit. Chamberlain got the first two batters in the eighth then manager Brad Ausmus beckoned for Gorzelanny.

After an infield single put the tying run on, Soria was called in to finish the game. With two outs in the ninth inning, Sam Fuld doubled before Soria got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game with the tying run on second base.

ROARS:

David Price: Scattered five hits with just one walk, shutting out the A's for seven innings. He retired the last eight hitters, holding the one-run lead.

Joakim Soria: Finished the job with a four-out save, finishing off the eighth inning and retiring Oakland in the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Anthony Gose: Singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to score the Tigers' lone run. He had two hits for his eighth multi-hit game of the season, and a .338 batting average for the season.

Andrew Romine: Not to be outdone, added two base hits to bring his season average up to .361.

HISSES:

The Tigers offense: Disappeared again, managing just one run on six hits, recording their 22nd game with two-or-fewer runs scored this season.

Tigers baserunners: Romine, Cespedes, and Davis, were thrown out on stolen base attempts. Davis missed a stop sign from third base coach Dave Clark in the ninth.

STREAKS AND STATS:

  • Miguel Cabrera carried a 12-game hitting streak into Oakland, which he extended to 13 with a ninth-inning single.
  • Oakland starting pitcher Jesse Chavez had received a total of just six runs of support in his previous six starts this season. Well, better make that six runs in seven starts.
  • Ian Kinsler began Tuesday without a hit in his previous 20 plate appearances. He was given the night off, and Rajai Davis batted second as the designated hitter against the right-handed starter Chavez. His first-inning sacrifice fly scored Gose for the Tigers' only run of the game.
  • The Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with the shutout win and pulled to within two games of the Royals in the AL Central Division.

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Source: FanGraphs