Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 18
Game 2: Wednesday, May 19
Game 3: Thursday, May 20

Tigers 5

(19-19, 9-8 away)

Athletics 1

(20-18, 7-9 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 18, 2004 Coliseum, Oakland, California 

    123456789 R H E
    DET 002001002 5 8 2
    OAK 000000100 1 4 0

    W: J. Bonderman (4-2)

    L: R. Harden (2-3)

    White, Monroe homer for Tigers

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- As long as he's a major leaguer, Jeremy Bonderman will remain a little bitter toward the Oakland Athletics.

    Bonderman, originally drafted by the A's, pitched seven strong innings and Rondell White and Craig Monroe homered to lead the Detroit Tigers over Oakland 5-1 Tuesday night.

    "I love facing this team," Bonderman said. "I don't know why they got rid of me. Every time I pitch against them, I want to show them what they got rid of. It's a long time ago, but it will always be in the back of my mind."

    Carlos Guillen hit a two-run triple for the Tigers, who began their nine-game trip by ending Oakland's three-game winning streak. Detroit also improved to .500 for the first time in two weeks.

    "That's huge," Bonderman said. "I love this. It's totally different coming to the park this year."

    Erubiel Durazo homered for the A's, but their offense was otherwise punchless only two days after completing a three-game sweep in Kansas City. Oakland had won eight of 10.

    Bonderman (4-2) made things tough on the two-time defending AL West champions, who managed just four hits. He threw about 30 changeups, almost double what he'd ever previously thrown in a game. It's a pitch Bonderman believes will be carry him for years.

    This was the second matchup in less than a week between Bonderman and his former minor league roommate, Rich Harden (2-3).

    "He pitched a great game," said Harden, who won last Wednesday when both lasted seven innings in Oakland's 2-1 victory. The A's took two of three in Detroit.

    Bonderman, a 21-year-old right-hander, has performed well in Oakland's pitcher-friendly park.

    After Mark Kotsay reached on an error leading off the game, Bonderman retired his next 10 batters before Eric Chavez lined a single to center with one out in the fourth. Bonderman allowed four hits, struck out five and walked three.

    "He's much more relaxed now," said A's shortstop Bobby Crosby, another former teammate of Bonderman. "When he was younger, he let things get to his head."

    Steve Colyer and Esteban Yan each threw a hitless inning to finish it.

    Bonderman earned his first major league win at Oakland last April 23, limiting the A's to one run and three hits in a career-best eight innings. He retired 17 straight during one stretch and earned his first of two wins last season against 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito.

    While Detroit manager Alan Trammell is pleased with his team's progress, he's not getting too excited just yet. This is the Tigers, after all, a team that lost 119 games just last season.

    "I'm not jumping up and down," Trammell said. "I want more. It means nothing if we don't go higher."

    Harden allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, striking out two and walking three -- "How many guys did I walk, five or six?" he asked.

    Harden didn't throw his usual off-day side session Monday because the A's had a charity golf tournament. While Harden didn't play in the event, there was no one for him to play catch with.

    "I really don't like to take days off before I pitch. ... So, I came out today and wasn't sharp at all," Harden said. "I really didn't have my split, I didn't have my good fastball and I didn't have command of my off-speed stuff. I was happy to keep it pretty close."

    White connected for his eighth homer leading off the sixth. Monroe, pinch-hitting for Eric Munson, hit a mammoth, two-run homer in the ninth, sending a drive deep into the left-field seats to make it 5-1.

    Tigers leadoff hitter Alex Sanchez -- who has 15 bunt singles this season -- drew only his third walk of the year in the third. Guillen followed with his triple to the wall in right-center.

    Sanchez walked again in the fifth, marking just the 12th time he's had a three-ball count this year. He finished 0-for-3 to snap a seven-game hitting streak.

    Durazo hit his seventh home run on the first pitch he saw in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Bonderman went 6-19 last season. ... A's C Adam Melhuse singled in the fifth and is batting .323 (11-for-34) in his last 11 games. ... The Tigers played their 19th game in a 24-game stretch against the AL West. ... Bonderman is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against the A's, striking out 15 in 27 innings. ... A's reliever Chris Hammond pitched for the first time in nine games -- his first appearance since May 7. He struck out two in the seventh. ... Harden threw 105 pitches in six innings. ... Yan has retired 15 of his last 16 batters over his last two outings.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press