Behind Tommy Milone, the Oakland A’s beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Thanks to some persistent and strong rain storms in the Detroit area, though, Bob Melvin and the A’s didn’t have to walk a tightrope en route to a thrilling win (as they did on Monday night).
Instead, Brandon Moss’ opposite field two-run homer in the top of the fifth proved to be the decisive blow, as the game was ultimately called in the top of the sixth.
The A’s made Verlander throw 44 pitches in the first inning – by far, his lengthiest first inning of his career. He walked Coco Crisp, gave up a single to Josh Donaldson, and a two-run double to Jed Lowrie before striking out Moss and Yoenis Cespedes, walking Seth Smith, and retiring Alberto Callaspo on a flyout. By then, the A’s were already up 2-0.
Milone gave the lead right back – Austin Jackson walked, Torii Hunter singled him to second, and Miguel Cabrera walked to load the bases with nobody out. Prince Fielder cracked a tw...