Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 12, Tigers 4

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Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 12, Tigers 4

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DETROIT -- After getting mauled in the first two games of the series the A's had a chance to show the Tigers their teeth in Detroit. They salvaged the series with a 12-4 win, and snapped their three-game losing skid. Oakland rallied for four runs in the sixth and six runs in the ninth to take the game in lopsided fashion. At the PlateAnibal Sanchez held the A's hitless until the third inning when Josh Donaldson reached on a single. He stole second base and ended up scoring on an errant throw by Omar Infante on a fielder's choice. Seth Smith delivered the second run of the game with a solo homer to right field. He hit a change up that was left up in the zone for his 14th home run of the season. Smith has hit 12 of his 14 home runs against right-handed pitching, and he has thrived in the A's platoon role. He finished the game 3 for 4 with four RBI. Smith made a strong impression on the Tigers. He was intentionally walked in the sixth inning as part of an A's four-run rally. Yoenis Cespedes reached on a single and scored on a Brandon Moss double to right field. On the play, third base coach Mike Gallego was waving Cespedes home but he inexplicably stopped at third, then the incoming ball missed the cutoff man scoring Cespedes anyway. Donaldson then smacked a go-ahead RBI single. George Kottaras hit a knuckle line drive to center field that was badly misplayed by Jackson, it was ruled a two RBI triple. Kottaras and Pennington both singled to start the ninth inning. Drew grounded out to first moving the runners over, and Reddick was intentionally walked. That brought Cespedes to the plate with the bases loads and one out. He hit a sacrifice fly to center. The Tigers walked Moss to load the bases for Daric Barton who entered the game as a defensive replacement. He drew a five-pitch walk and didn't swing the bat once, giving the A's a 8-4 lead. Smith hit a base-clearing double breaking the game wide open. Donaldson followed with a double and to score Smith, and make it a 12-4 game. Between Carter and Moss the A's three and four hitters tallied six strikeouts. Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone got off to a rocky start. The Tigers were able to load the bases in the first inning on an Omar Infante double and back-to-back walks to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. The young lefty locked in and got Delmon Young to ground into an inning-ending double play to escape the jam. The Tigers reached on back-to-back singles to start the second inning. Andy Dirks bunted the runners over, then Gerald Laird drove in the first run of the game on a single. Austin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Tigers their second run. After a walk to Infante, Milone got Cabrera to fly out to right field to end the inning. The A's scored a run in the third inning and Milone responded with two shutdown innings. He couldn't get a shutdown inning after they scored again in the fifth. The Tigers scored when Cabrera reached on a single and Fielder hit a double to right-center that was bobbled by Reddick after he fielded the ball. Milone was removed from the game two batters later with runners on the corners. He was at 94 pitches. Milone allowed nine hits, three walks and three earned runs. The Tigers ran up his pitch count. Bullpen ReportPat Neshek relieved Milone in the fifth inning and induced a pop out to end the inning with two runners on. He only faced one batter. Jerry Blevins started the sixth inning but gave up a solo homer to Andy Dirks. He got Laird to fly out and was then removed in favor of Ryan Cook who finished the inning in nine pitches. Cook struck out Cabrera to start the seventh inning, got Fielder to ground out, and struck out Young to end the inning. Cook is looking like he's found his All-Star form. He hasn't allowed a run in 14 of his last 15 outings. Sean Doolittle pitching the eighth inning. Evan Scribner pitched a scoreless ninth inning with an eight run lead. AttendanceThe Tigers announced an attendance of 34,635. Up NextThe A's head to New York to take on the Yankees for a three-game series. Jarrod Parker (11-8, 3.51 ERA) takes on CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.63 ERA) in the series opener on Friday. Saturday's game will feature a match up of Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.36 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.85 ERA). On Sunday A.J. Griffin (6-1, 2.45 ERA) will be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda (14-10, 3.26 ERA).

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.