Melvin on Parker: 'It's a bit puzzling'
Jarrod Parker allowed a two-run homer to Austin Jackson (center) that gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead. (AP IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics lost a series for the first time this season, as the Detroit Tigers won 10-1. A's starting pitcher Jarrod Parker allowed a career-high eight runs on a career-high tying nine hits and two walks and was handed his second loss. Parker has 10.80 ERA, and has struggled in his first three starts this season.
Starting Pitching Report
Before the game, A's manager Bob Melvin said it would be important for Parker to find his rhythm early. The Tigers' hitters didn't allow him to do that. He allowed a leadoff single to Austin Jackson and a one-run double to Torii Hunter to start the game. Victor Martinez added a one-run single to make it 2-0 before Parker worked his way out of the inning.
Parker had a rough second inning. He allowed a two-run homer to Jackson that gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Jackson drove a 3-1 fastball over the 388 sign in left-center field.
Later in the same inning, Parker walked Miguel Cabrera and then hit Prince Fielder with a high and inside pitch. Fielder instinctually moved to get out of the way of the pitch and the ball hit his elbow. Fielder had a few words with Norris and looked toward Parker as he walked to first base.
Fielder got his revenge in the fourth inning when he hit an RBI double to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Fielder's hit was the fourth consecutive hit that Parker allowed in the inning, including a two-run single by Miguel Cabrera. After Fielder's double, Parker was removed from the game.
Evan Scribner entered in relief of Parker in the fourth inning. He allowed an RBI single to Andy Dirks before finishing the fourth inning. The run was charged to Parker. The righty reliever. who was making his seventh appearance, threw a scoreless fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, Hunter reached on a leadoff triple. Scriber managed to retire Cabrera and Fielder without allowing him to score. Jerry Blevins entered the game with two outs and finished off the frame.
Blevins stayed in the game for the seventh inning and allowed one run on two hits.
Chris Resop pitched the eighth inning and allowed an unearned run. Fielder reached base on a throwing error and later scored on a hit by Jhonny Peralta.
Ryan Cook pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He hasn't allowed a run in his past five appearances.
At the Plate
The A's best scoring opportunity came in the fourth inning with the bases loaded. Norris drove in one run with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1. Eric Sogard struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Brandon Moss gave the ball a ride in the sixth inning, but it landed safely in the glove of Dirks. In the seventh inning, Norris crushed a ball off the highest part of the high wall in left-center field and had to settle for a double.
In the Field
Smith dove for a ball in left field and missed, allowing Hunter to motor all the way to third base for a triple. He would end up stranded there. It was a nice effort by Smith, but he would have been better off letting it drop and keeping Hunter at first base.
Brandon Moss made a sliding play deep in foul territory to take the bat out of the hands of Omar Infante in the seventh inning.
The A's announced an attendance of 20,755.
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