DETROIT – Sonny Gray pitched eight shutout innings and Billy Burns hit a bases-loaded triple as the Oakland Athletics handed the Detroit Tigers their sixth straight loss, 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Gray (7-2) had the Tigers beating the ball into the ground all game, with Oakland’s outfielders only making one putout while he was on the mound. He struck out seven and allowed two singles and a walk.
Anibal Sanchez (3-7) allowed four runs, five hits and four walks in seven innings. After striking out 20 batters in his previous two starts, he only had one against Oakland.
In the second inning, Oakland loaded the bases on a double and two walks, and Burns took an inside pitch the other way for a three-run triple.
The A’s made it 4-0 in the third on Josh Reddick’s eighth homer. Sanchez — the toughest starter to homer against in 2013-14 — is on pace to allow 42 home runs. That would tie Denny McLain’s franchise record, set in 1966.
In the meantime, the Tigers couldn’t get anything going against Gray and showed signs of frustration. After Anthony Gose struck out to end the third, he threw a warm-up ball into the ivy above the fence in center field. The ball fell back onto the field, so Gose fired it out of the stadium and into an adjoining parking lot.
Yoenis Cespedes ended his former teammate’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the fourth, but the Tigers didn’t get their second hit until Miguel Cabrera led off the seventh with a single.
Brett Lawrie gave the A’s a five-run lead with a 420-foot RBI double in the eighth, and Stephen Vogt finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Cabrera got Detroit on the board with an RBI double off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.