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HR: DET- T.Hunter (8) OAK- J.Donaldson (13)
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American League Game Summary - Detroit at Oakland



(Wednesday, May 28th)

Final Score: Oakland 3, Detroit 1

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - All the Athletics apparently needed was to get to the Tigers' bullpen.

Anibal Sanchez blanked Oakland over eight innings and was two outs away from spinning a shutout before the A's rallied for a dramatic 3-1 victory on Josh Donaldson's three-run homer off Joe Nathan.

Sanchez retired nine straight prior to surrendering a one-out double to Coco Crisp in the ninth frame.

Brad Ausmus went to the bullpen with Sanchez's pitch count at 111, and Nathan (2-1) was greeted by a single off the bat of John Jaso, whose liner to third glanced off the glove of Nick Castellanos.

"If Nick catches that ball, maybe it's a different inning," Ausmus said.

Donaldson followed up with a no-doubter into the left-field seats, and the A's celebrated their second win of this four-game series.

The walk-off homer made a winner of Scott Kazmir (6-2), who went the distance for the second time in his career. He struck out eight, did not allow a walk and scattered five hits other than Torii Hunter's home run in the fourth.

"It seemed like (Sanchez) and I were going pitch for pitch," Kazmir said.

Hunter sent Kazmir's payoff pitch just over the extended wall in right-center, and the 1-0 lead stood until Detroit's starter exited.

Sanchez was charged with one run on three hits and a walk over 8 1/3 innings.

Game Notes

Nathan has four blown saves ... Sanchez recorded nine strikeouts ... Kazmir's only other complete game came in a shutout of the Red Sox on July 3, 2006 ... The finale of this four-game series takes place on Thursday.

05/29 01:42:45 ET

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Scoreboard
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Final
NYY 5
BAL 0
Final
CLE 0
KAN 2
Final
TOR 14
SEA 4
Final
DET 0
CWS 2
Final
ATL 0
PIT 1
8th
TEX 4
HOU 3
 
8th
CHC 0
STL 8
 
7th
MIN 1
ARI 5
 
1st
OAK 4
ANA 1
 
2nd
SDP 1
COL 0
 
2nd
LOS 0
SFG 1
 
Final
NYI 3
OTT 2
 
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NYI
OTT
 
Final
PIT 1
DET 2
Final
NYR 4
NJD 5
2nd
PHI 0
TOR 0
 
Final
PHI 5
WAS 4
2nd Intermission
WIN 2
MIN 1
 
3rd
DAL 3
STL 2
 
2nd Intermission
COL 2
ANA 1
 
1st
ANA 2
COL 0
 
1st
ARI 1
LOS 2
 
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LOS
ARI
 
3rd
NYJ 13
CHI 24