The rain came down in thick drops for all of tonight’s game in Detroit, but the Oakland Athletics didn’t let that hinder them as they jumped all over Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers for a 6-3 win in six innings.
Things didn’t look promising when Verlander threw a career-high 44 pitches in the first inning, giving up two runs in the process. Things got worse in the top of the fifth when Brandon Moss tagged Verlander for a two-run bomb. The Detroit ace lasted only five innings and earned his ninth loss in one of his worst starts all season.
Reliever Bruce Rondon didn’t fare any better, giving up a leadoff solo blast to Seth Smith in the top of the sixth, then loading the bases with no outs before a rain delay stopped the action. That delay would be the only thing that could stop the A’s onslaught, as the delay became final. The A’s are chasing the Texas Rangers for control of the AL West.
The Tigers have a 5.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, but they will need to play better than they did tonight if they want to remain in first place a month from now.