Oakland A’s outslug Detroit Tigers, 9-3, on Tuesday
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Matt Chapman made plays with his bat, glove and arm to lift the Oakland Athletics to their latest win in a push to make the playoffs.
Chapman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the third inning, cleared the fences again in the ninth and turned a key double play to help the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Tuesday night.
Mark Canha also homered as Oakland, vying for a wild card, won its third straight after losing six in a row.
Deolis Guerra (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings after Cole Irvin started and lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, including one to Miguel Cabrera that ended his outing.
The Tigers have lost four consecutive games, scoring a total of eight runs in those setbacks.
Tarik Skubal (8-12) was roughed up, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings.
Skubal broke a team rookie record when he got Chapman out swinging in the second for his 147th strikeout this season, but that mark was of little consolation in the series opener.
Teammate Robbie Grossman hit a solo homer in the first, while Dustin Garneau and Derek Hill hit solo shots in the fifth.