Crisp continues to roll in victory
08/27/2013 12:00 AM
09/04/2013 8:42 AM
DETROIT – Coco Crisp is on such a roll that he was even a little better than Miguel Cabrera on Monday night.
Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading the A's to an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning.
Crisp went 3 for 6 with a solo homer and is batting .500 (9 for 18) in his last four games.
The A's scored at least one run against each of Detroit's three relievers after Anibal Sanchez was forced out after throwing 112 pitches in five innings.
"We did a good job of being patient," Crisp said. "We got his pitch count pretty good."
A.J. Griffin (11-9) earned his first win since July 29 despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.
"I was just trying to battle and keep the ball down," Griffin said. "It's good to win, a good battle. It felt like a playoff atmosphere."
Grant Balfour allowed an unearned run in the ninth but held on for his 33rd save.
Omar Infante and Victor Martinez also homered for the American League Central-leading Tigers, who had won three in a row. Martinez went 4 for 5, and Torii Hunter had two hits.
"We just didn't pitch good. I don't know what else to tell you," manager Jim Leyland said. "They were swinging the bats good, and we didn't pitch good. Our pitchers have been terrific, but tonight they got beat. No big deal."
Cabrera went deep in the fifth, sending a 3-1 slider from Griffin over the wall in right for a two-run shot that tied the score 4-4. He leads the A.L. with a .359 batting average and 130 RBIs, but he trails Baltimore slugger Chris Davis for the home run lead by three.
"Trying to go off the plate, trying to make him chase something," Griffin said. "It was up. If it would have been down, it would have been a better pitch."
Oakland responded in the sixth, jumping all over Jose Alvarez (1-4). Barton, who was called up from the River Cats earlier in the day, had the last of three consecutive singles to open the inning, driving in Nate Freiman. Crisp added an RBI single.
Alberto Callaspo had a run-scoring single against Al Alburquerque in the seventh, and Jed Lowrie's RBI double in the eighth made it 8-4.
"They got some hits off tough pitches, but Anibal has been great for us, and this was just one of those days," Martinez said. "Obviously, no one wants to give up hits and no one wants to leave runners on base, but we're playing against a big-league team, and they are playing just as hard as we are."
Crisp made a diving catch in right-center to rob pinch hitter Tuiasosopo of extra bases in the eighth.
Notes – Oakland placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right wrist. Barton took Reddick's place on the roster.
Oakland also designated right-hander Pat Neshek for assignment. Right-hander Evan Scribner was recalled from the River Cats to take Neshek's roster spot.
Right-hander Bartolo Colon joined the A's and felt good after throwing a 38-pitch bullpen session. If his groin injury gives him no further trouble, he'll start the series finale with the Tigers on Thursday.
Left-hander Brett Anderson likely will be activated this week. Anderson is over his sprained right ankle and stress fracture in his right foot that have cost him four months of the season.
The Contra Costa Times contributed to this report.