Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Despite Justin Verlander allowing two first inning home runs, the Tigers rallied back to pound the Oakland A’s 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon to complete the three-game series sweep over the American League’s top team.
After a rough month of June in which he lost three of five starts, Verlander picked up his first win since May 30th, allowing nine hits and just two runs on the two solo home runs over six innings while striking out four hitters. After spotting the A’s the two first inning runs, The Tigers bats awoke and quickly dug themselves out of the 2-0 deficit.
Torii Hunter had three hits and three RBIs, including driving in the Tigers’ first two runs in the first and third. An Austin Jackson RBI single in the fourth put the Tigers in the lead 3-2 before a six run sixth put the game out of reach for an Oakland comeback and secured the Tigers’ 11th win in their last 13 games.
Raja Davis and Miguel Cabrera each had two run hits during the sixth inning.
The Tigers will now open a four-game series against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays. Max Scherzer gets the nod in the opener and will be opposed by Erik Bedard. First pitch is set for 7:08pm at Comerica Park.