DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The rain and the struggles of Justin Verlander were too much for the Tigers to overcome last night as Oakland doubled up Detroit 6-to-3 at Comerica Park. The contest was called in the top of the sixth inning following an 80-minute delay after the showers intensified. The A’s have taken the first two games of the 4-game series while the Tigers lead in the American League Central remains at 5-and-a-half games over the second place Indians as Cleveland lost at Atlanta.
Verlander’s opening frame last night was a sure sign of things to come. The 44 pitches he threw while giving up 2 runs on two hits with two walks and a wild pitch were the most pitches in any one inning of his career. The Tigers answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead, but Oakland tied it with a run in the third and then Verlander served up a 2-run homer in the fifth. Verlander has a four start winless streak with his record slipping to 12-and-10. Bruce Rondon took over to begin the sixth for the Tigers and promptly gave up a home run. Oakland then loaded the bases on two singles and a walk but the rain became too heavy for play to continue.
Prince Fielder had a 2-run single for Detroit, which will send Doug Fister to the mound tonight against the A’s. Prior to last night’s game, the Tigers activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list. He had been out since August 11th due to a concussion. Detroit made room for Avila by optioning catcher Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.
The Chicago White Sox got by the Astros 4-to-3 last night in Chicago while the Cubs stopped an eight game skid against the Dodgers in a 3-to-2 win at Los Angeles.