Tigers 10, Athletics 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 14, 2013
Austin Jackson had four hits, homered and drove in three runs, Torii Hunter added two doubles and a triple, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Oakland Athletics 10-1 Sunday. Hunter had three extra-base hits for the first time since June 13, 2009, for the Los Angeles Angels Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for the Tigers, who had 14 hits and won for the third time in four games. The first eight batters in the Tigers batting order had at least one hit, and seven players drove in runs. Anibal Sanchez overcame a sluggish start to pitch seven innings, winning his second straight outing and giving Detroit's bullpen a needed rest. Sanchez (2-0) pitched with runners on base in three of the first four innings but limited the damage until finding his rhythm. He allowed one run, three hits and four walks, matching his season-high of eight strikeouts. Rick Porcello, skipped in the rotation due to Monday's off day, pitched two scoreless innings to complete the three-hitter. Detroit's bullpen, taxed in recent days, was without Octavio Dotel due to an elbow injury. Derek Norris doubled and drove in the lone run for the A's. Oakland, which entered the game leading the majors in several offensive categories, struck out 38 times in the three-game series. Jarrod Parker (0-2), who lost to Detroit in Games 1 and 5 of last year's AL division series, gave up a career-high eight runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings, leaving him with a 10.80 ERA. Jackson hit the first of his three singles leading off the game, and Hunter followed with an RBI double over center fielder Chris Young and scored on Victor Martinez's single off the right-field wall for a 2-0 lead. Jackson doubled the lead in the second with his first home run this season. Miguel Cabrera's two-run single and Prince Fielder's RBI double, which extended his hitting streak to nine games, chased Parker in the fourth. Andy Dirks' run-scoring single off Evan Scribner boosted the lead to 8-0. Norris hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom half, and Norris ended the inning by throwing a called third strike past Eric Sogard to strike out looking to end the threat. NOTES: Hunter also has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Dotel sat out his second straight game with elbow inflammation; Detroit manager Jim Leyland said the reliever is getting better. ... Oakland INF Adam Rosales, on the DL with a strained left intercostal muscle, took batting practice without pain but won't begin a rehab assignment until he can begin turning double plays and making strong throws in the field. ... Tigers RHP Doug Fister (2-0) carries a 2.77 ERA into Tuesday's start at Seattle. ... Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-0), who starts for the A's against Houston on Monday, has a four-game winning streak dating to last season.
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