OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Cust is not known for his speed. The slugger's never stolen a base in the big leagues.
Sure can steal a game, though.Cust showed enough zip to beat out an infield single in the 11th inning and give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night."When you hit the ball in that situation you'll find powers you never knew you had," Cust said.Kurt Suzuki scored the winning run after reaching base on a fielder's choice. Mark Ellis singled and Bobby Crosby walked to load the bases against Freddy Dolsi."He got me to do what he wanted -- roll over on the ball -- but it was a perfect little chopper on an infield where the grass is a little tall and kept the ball from going anywhere."Bobby Seay (0-1) faced the first two batters of the 11th. Chad Gaudin (5-3) won by pitching two scoreless innings.Dontrelle Willis made his first start and second appearance since coming off the disabled list for the Tigers, pitching four scoreless innings. It was also his first career start in Oakland. He grew six miles from the Coliseum in Alameda.Willis walked five more batters to push his total to 16 in 10 innings, although the four scoreless innings dropped his ERA to a manageable 4.50. He gave up two hits and struck out three."The walks killed us," Tigers' manager Jim Leyland said. "Their walks burned us. We should have scored 10 runs. We can't make the mistakes we made and win major league games."The teams combined to walk 22, matching the Oakland record for the third time, though it was the first since August of 1991 against the Tigers.Armando Galarraga, who inherited a 3-0 lead, immediately ran into trouble. He walked two batters and game up a two-out homer to Eric Chavez that tied it. It was the third baseman's first homer since July 15."It was a little exciting for me because my son is getting to the age he can appreciate things. He had good seats close to home plate," Chavez said. "It wasn't a pretty game. We were just grinding it out, and the defense on both sides made great plays."The Tigers jumped on top with three runs in the fifth. Curtis Granderson grounded out to drive in a run, Placido Polanco singled home a run and Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly.Detroit regained the lead in the seventh when Carlos Guillen hit an RBI single.A's starter Dana Eveland lasted a season-low 4 1/3 innings for the second straight start, giving up three runs on three hits. He walked a career-high seven and struck out three.Casey Fossum, who had his contract purchased earlier in the day, made his Tigers debut, facing two batters on a day he was scheduled to start in Toledo. He struck out Cust but Chavez singled and eventually scored on Travis Buck's single against Zach Miner to tie it at 4 in the eighth.
The A's outrighted LHP Lenny DiNardo to Sacramento of the PCL. ... The Tigers designated RHP Francisco Cruceta for assignment. ... A's RHP Andrew Brown will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Stockton in Bakersfield on Wednesday night. ... Tigers RHP Fernando Rodney got the win with two scoreless innings of his rehab assignment on Tuesday night with Triple-A Toledo. RHP Denny Bautista pitched a scoreless inning in the same game. ... Tigers' RHP Zoel Zumaya began his rehab assignment with two scoreless innings for Single-A Lakeland. ... Chavez moved into eighth place on the A's franchise list with 765 RBIs, passing Jimmie Dykes. ... Galarraga made his major league debut in Oakland as a Texas Ranger last season. ... A's RHP Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth and has retired 27 of the last 31 hitters he's faced.