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Six run ninth inning sinks Tigers in series finale

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Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to help pace Detroit's 12-2 win over Oakland at Comerica Park on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (REUTERS)
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to help pace Detroit's 12-2 win over Oakland at Comerica Park on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (REUTERS)

Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373

DETROIT (1660 THE FAN) – The Oakland Athletics only led by two runs going in to the final frame of the afternoon matinee at Comerica Park. They sent 10 men to the plate in the inning, scoring six to top the Tigers 12-4.

Detroit opened the scoring in the second frame on a Gerald Laird RBI single. Austin Jackson added a run with a sacrifice fly to extend their lead to 2-0. Anibel Sanchez continued the dominance he showed in his last start to begin today’s game, but finished with six earned runs in 5.2 innings.

A botched double-play in the third inning started the scoring for Oakland. Stephen Drew grounded into a force out at second base, but a throwing error by Omar Infante to Prince Fielder scored Josh Donaldson. Seth Smith tied the game in the fifth inning on a solo homerun.

Prince Fielder broke the tie in the Tiger’s half of the fifth, scoring Miguel Cabrera on a line drive double to give Detroit the 3-2 lead.

Sanchez’s afternoon ended in the sixth after the A’s took the lead on back to back RBI line drives to the outfield. Trailing 4-3, Phil Coke gave up a two-RBI triple to George Kottaras, putting the A’s up 6-3.

Andy Dirks gave the Tigers one final shot in the sixth, sending a solo homerun to right field, and pulling Detroit to within 2 at 6-4.

Oakland shut the door in the ninth which started with Octavio Dotel on the mound. With two on and two out, Yoenis Cespedes sent a sacrifice fly to center to extend their lead to three. Dotel was replaced by Smyly after loading the bases on an intentional walk. Smyly surrendered a walk to Daric Barton to score Cliff Pennington. Seth Smith cleared the bases on the next swing, extending the Oakland lead to 11-4. Luke Putkonen replaced Smyly, and gave up the final run on a Josh Donaldson double with two out.

Despite the loss, Detroit takes the series two games to one. They trail the White Sox by three games, but Chicago has yet to play today as they finish a series with the Kansas City Royals tonight. The Tigers start a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins Friday night. Rick Porcello looks for his 10th win of the season facing Samuel Dedundo.

First pitch on AM 590 WKZO is 7:05.

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