Oakland, CA (WKZO) – Austin Jackson had four hits including a two run bomb, three runs scored and three knocked in and Torii Hunter added three extra base hits as the Tigers clobbered the Athletics 10-1 Sunday afternoon to take the weekend three game series two to one. It is Detroit’s third consecutive series win and are 7-5 through the first two weeks of the season.
Anibal Sanchez was excellent minus the fourth inning when he surrender his only run on a one out sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Sanchez escaped further damage by striking out Eric Sogard with one of his eight punch outs ending the inning. Sanchez went seven innings, lowing his ERA to 1.42 and picking up his second win.
It was another rough day for A’s pitching as starter Jarrod Parker was hit earlier and often allowing eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Torii Hunter’s RBI double in the first inning, scored Austin Jackson, who singled to start the game and has now reached base in all 12 Tigers games. After Prince Fielder was intentionally walked, Victor Martinez singled to the right center gap scoring Hunter putting the Tigers up 2-0.
Tigers went up 4-0 with Austin Jackson’s first long ball of the year, a two run shot in the second inning.
In the fourth, Jackson’s single with one out started a four run rally. Hunter followed with his second double of the game and was knocked in with Jackson on a Miguel Cabrera single. Hunter had a triple in the sixth but never scored. Fielder and Andy Dirks added two more runs with RBI hits of their own giving the Tigers a bigger cushion 8-0
Jackson recorded his fourth hit in the seventh inning, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, for the Tigers ninth run.
Rick Porcello came out of the bullpen with two shutout innings after replacing Sanchez to start the eighth.
Tigers are off until Tuesday when they head to Seattle for three games.