DETROIT (AP) -- The extra rest paid off for Kirk Saarloos.
Making his first start in 11 days, Saarloos pitched seven
scoreless innings and was backed by four home runs as the Oakland
Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 Wednesday night.
"Another outstanding performance," Oakland manager Ken Macha
said. "For a fifth starter to throw seven shutout innings, it's
Saarloos (9-6), who last started Aug. 13, gave up seven hits and
two walks, and struck out three to win his fourth consecutive
decision. He also beat the Tigers with a seven-hitter at home on
Eric Chavez, who missed the previous night's game to be with his
wife and newborn son, singled in his first two appearances, then
hit a solo homer off reliever Roman Colon into the left-field
stands during Oakland's four-run fourth inning.
"We haven't been swinging the bats lately," said Chavez, who
arrived in Detroit at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. "Hopefully we can score
five, six runs tomorrow and get our confidence back."
The A's won 20 of 24 games after the All-Star break but have
followed that by losing nine of 14.
"There's a lot more baseball to be played," Chavez added.
"Things like this usually come around. I think there's another
stretch in our bats we can put together."
"(Oakland) got back on track and we just couldn't stop them,"
said Detroit manager Alan Trammell, whose club had won eight of
nine games and surrendered just two hits to the A's on Tuesday.
"It was just a night the Tigers got pounded."
The Athletics snapped their three-game skid, and ended the
Tigers' five-game win streak.
"It's nice to have the bats come around," Macha added. "And
we had some great defensive plays, too."
The A's turned three double plays, including one in the seventh
when Bobby Crosby rolled after stopping Ivan Rodriguez's grounder,
then flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Ellis.
Jeremy Bonderman (14-10) gave up six runs and nine hits in
three-plus innings for Detroit. He left the game in the fourth
inning when Marco Scutaro's line drive struck his right wrist.
X-rays were negative and he was to be evaluated again Thursday.
"I thought for sure it was broken," third baseman Brandon Inge
said. "I went over to the mound and looked at him and he was in an
extreme amount of pain. I looked at his arm and I could've sworn I
saw bone jetting out of his arm. It was just the swelling already,
Bonderman, who said he was trying to catch the ball, gave up
four runs in the July 31 loss against Saarloos at Oakland.
Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer deep into the right-center field
bleachers off Oakland reliever Keiichi Yabu in the eighth. The shot
was estimated at 428 feet. Pena is 9-for-16 with six homers and 12
RBI since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 17.
^Notes:@ The game was delayed several minutes in the top of the
fourth when home plate umpire Terry Craft left the game with a sore
knee. Second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez went to the clubhouse to
change into his home-plate gear. ... Detroit OF Curtis Granderson
leaped at the left-field wall in the seventh to take a home run
away from Nick Swisher.