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A’s 1, Tigers 0: A 13 inning pitcher’s duel

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Blaine Hardy spun seven innings of one-hit ball, but Tigers came up short.

The Detroit Tigers took a modest two game winning streak into Oakland to face the red hot Athletics, who had just overtaken the Seattle Mariners for the final wild card spot in the American League. The A’s have a 9-4 record since the All Star break. The Tigers sent Blaine Hardy to the mound to face off against lefthander Brett Anderson. Oakland had won the last nine meetings between the two clubs.

Hardy pitched seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball while Anderson took a perfect game into the sixth frame. It took 13 innings before Oakland finally pushed a run across the plate to end the game by a 1-0 score.

Anderson retired the Tigers in order in the first inning, and Hardy followed suit, marking the eleventh time in as many starts that he has not allowed a run in the first inning. Anderson retired the side in order in the second frame, then the A’s got the first runner of the game when Matt Olson took a 13 pitch base on balls. Hardy worked around it and the game was scoreless going to the third inning.

Each pitcher set the side down in order in the third inning and again in the fourth. The teams had dual no hitters through four innings, and Anderson had a perfect game in tact. Tigers’ hitters helped the cause by swinging indiscriminately at anything that moved.

Anderson retired the Tigers in order in the fifth to make it 15 straight. Hardy then walked Olson for the second time to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. He then struck out Steven Piscotty and Mark Canha, and got Jonathan Lucroy to fly out to right field. Still dual no hitters headed to the sixth inning.

Jose Iglesias ripped a double down the left field line with one out in the sixth inning to break up Anderson’s perfect game and his no hitter. Jacoby Jones and Ronny Rodriguez each grounded out to third base to end the threat. Hardy retired the A’s in order in the bottom of the sixth to keep his no hitter alive.

Nick Castellanos snapped an 0 for 19 slump with a base hit to right field to lead off the seventh inning and Niko Goodrum followed with a four pitch walk to put runners on first and second, no outs. John Hicks grounded into a 5- 4- 3 double play, with Castellanos moving to third with two outs. Victor Martinez did what he usually does, grounding out to end the inning.

Jed Lowrie led off the bottom of the seventh with a ground ball in the hole, and beat out the throw from Iglesias for the A’s first hit of the game. Khris Davis flied out to right field, and Hardy got Olson to ground into a 4- 6- 3 double play to end the inning. Hardy’s day was done after 107 pitches and seven scoreless, one hit innings.

Tigers’ starting pitchers have now thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings. Hardy has a 3.25 ERA with 18 walks and 51 strikeouts in 62-1/3 innings of work this season.

Jeurys Famila, who was the closer for the New York Mets when the A’s acquired him in July, took over for Anderson to start the eighth inning. James McCann hit a bloop single to center field but the Tigers failed to move him along.

Louis Coleman relieved Hardy in the eighth inning, and Piscotty led off with a double off the wall in left center field. Canha struck out and Lucroy flied out to right field, and then Ramon Laureano, making his major league debut, grounded out to third base to end the inning.

Blake Treinen, the Oakland closer, started the ninth inning in a non save situation with the score tied at zero. After Rodriguez struck out swinging, Castellanos laced a 3- 2 pitch into left field for a single, and then stole second. Niko Goodrum grounded out back to the pitcher, with Castellanos staying at second. John Hicks struck out to end the inning.

Alex Wilson came on in relief for the Tigers in the ninth inning, because Ron Gardenhire would not use his closer in a non save situation on the road. After getting Semien to fly out, Matt Chapman singled, and Lowrie reached on a seeing eye single over the bag at second base that Iglesias could not flip to Rodriguez. Chapman moved to second with the potential winning run. It wouldn’t matter as Davis grounded into a 6- 4- 3 double play to send the game into extra innings.

Treinen struck out Martinez on three sliders to start the 10th inning, and Candelario laced a one out single to left field. McCann was called out on 3- 2 check swing, with Candelario taking second. Iglesias blooped one into right field, and Piscotty made a diving catch to save the day for Oakland.

Victor Alcantara took over in the bottom of the 10th inning, with Shane Greene still warming in the bullpen. Olson ripped a lead off double down the right field line, and Franklin Barreto pinch ran for him, putting the potential winning run on second base with no outs. Piscotty grounded to Iglesias, who nailed the runner at third, leaving a man on first with one out. Canha then grounded into a 5- 4- 3 double play to end the inning.

Yusmeiro Petit took over for the A’s in the 11th inning, and got the first two hitters to pop out in foul territory. Castellanos then was called out on a 3- 2 pitch outside the zone. Alcantara came back out for the 11th inning, and got Lowrie to ground out, Laureano struck out, and Semien lined out to short.

Petit retired the Tigers in order in the 12th inning. Buck Farmer came in for Detroit and set the A’s down 1- 2- 3. Each team had 0 runs, 5 hits, and 0 errors going to the 13th inning.

Emilio Pagan took the mound for the A’s in the 13th frame. With two outs, Iglesias popped a fly ball behind second base which should have been caught, but fell in. Unfortunately, he wasn’t running hard so he stayed at first base. With Jones batting, Iglesias stole second and attempted to take third on a throw into center field. He was called out, and replay upheld the call.

Farmer walked Nick Martini, who pinch hit for Barreto to lead off the bottom of the 13th inning. After retiring the next two hitters, Lucroy singled up the middle to put runners on first and second with two outs. Laureano laced one to right field past Castellanos in right center field for his first major league hit and the game winning RBI.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday, game tim 9:05 pm, EDT. Oakland will send former Tigers’ pitcher Edwin Jackson to the mound to face Jordan Zimmermann.

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