Tigers 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND (AP) _ Seth Greisinger survived two home runs by Oakland’s Jason Giambi and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 5-4 win on Sunday over the Athletics.
The Tigers won for the first time in six games and ended Oakland’s season-high, six-game winning streak.
Greisinger (3-7) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. Todd Jones pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save.
The Tigers scored an unusual run in the first against Jimmy Haynes (9-6).
With Damion Easley at third and Frank Catalanotto at first, catcher A.J. Hinch threw down to second when Catalanotto broke for second on a 3-2 pitch that wound up being ball four to Tony Clark. Easley ran home without a throw and was given credit for a steal of home.
Giambi’s three-run homer in the first followed singles by Rickey Henderson and Ryan Christenson to put the A’s up 3-1 before Greisinger retired a hitter.
Detroit got a run back in the second when Juan Encarnacion doubled, went to third on Joe Randa’s single and scored on a wild pitch.
Tony Clark’s two-run double in the third gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead, and Detroit took a two-run lead in the sixth on Deivi Cruz’s RBI groundout.
Giambi’s second homer of the game and 20th this season brought the A’s within 5-4 in the sixth.
Haynes pitched eight innings, but took too long to settle into a groove. He gave up seven hits _ six in the first three innings _ walked four and struck out six.
Notes: The A’s have never swept a four-game series from the Tigers. ... Henderson stole his major league leading 54th base in the third inning. ... Giambi has had two multi-homer games this season and four in his career. ... ... Detroit’s Bobby Higginson forgot how many outs there were in the first inning and was doubled off second on a routine fly to center to end the inning. ... The Tigers have been outscored 114-53 in the first inning this season and have trailed after the first in 50 of 129 games.