Detroit Tigers’ late rally not enough vs. Oakland on Thursday in 8-6 loss
By STEVE KORNACKI
DETROIT — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer in the first inning to start Oakland’s eight-run rally with two outs against Matt Manning in the A’s 8-6 victory over the Tigers on Thursday.
Mark Canha followed Lowrie’s shot with another homer for 4-0 lead. It was the 14th homer of the season for both Lowrie and Canha.
Khris Davis’ RBI double in the fourth made it 8-0 before the Tigers battled back by scoring six runs. Oakland manager Bob Melvin inserted Davis for the switch-hitting Lowrie that inning after Detroit left-hander Miguel Del Pozo relieved Manning.
Oakland starter Frankie Montas (11-9) had a one-hit shutout through four innings. Victor Reyes’ one-out triple in the fourth was the only hit allowed until Harold Castro led off the fifth with a long home run.
Castro’s towering shot into the second row of shrubs beyond the center field wall was estimated at 447 feet. It was only his third of the season, but second homer in two days. Castro, who had 60 singles among 70 hits entering the game, recently decided to try generating more power, and has experienced quick success.
His homer was the longest by a Tiger at home this season. The only deeper shot by a Detroit hitter this season was Akil Baddoo’s 450-footer in Houston.
Baddoo’s two-run homer, his 12th of the season, ignited the Tigers in the seventh and Montas was relieved by Deolis Guerra. Jeimer Candelario’s three-run homer after a pair of singles cut the lead to two runs.
Manning (3-6), a 6-foot-6 rookie right-hander, was coming off three consecutive impressive starts.
Detroit relievers Miguel Del Pozo, Derek Holland and Alex Lange combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief.