The Tigers may have collected their blowout last night, but the A's returned the favor in spades tonight. Backed by Brandon Inge and his 4 RBI night (three of them coming off a homerun), and Josh Reddick and his first-career two homerun, 5 RBI game, the A's pounded the Tigers by the final score of 11-4 to even the series.
The A's offense was great tonight; banging out 13 hits to make a winner out of Tommy Milone, who earned his fifth win of the season. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run; striking out six while walking just one.
He started out in trouble in the first inning; shades of his last start (and of last night's second inning), as he allowed a leadoff double and a single (that may or may not have been slightly misplayed by Cowgill) to put runners at the corners with no one out. I was anticipating a big inning, but before I could even worry, Milone got a double-play and a strikeout to end the inning with minimal damage--one run scored. The A's wouldn't be behind for long. With two outs in the first, Reddick singled (he would also go 4-4 on the day), Kila Ka'aihue doubled him in for the A's first run, Seth Smith walked, and Inge singled Ka'aihue in to give the A's the 2-1 lead.
An error by Inge to open the third put Milone in another jam, as he would allow two singles and an unearned run in the inning, but he kept the Tigers off the board for the rest of his start. Meanwhile, the A's offense broke the 2-2 tie with a Reddick homer, another Ka'aihue double, and a Smith double (who was 3-4 on the night). Leading 4-2, the A's padded the lead in the sixth as a single and stolen base by Jemile Weeks, an RBI single by Reddick, and a Smith single all set the table for Brandon Inge's three run BOMB, easily well into the crowd on a May night at the Coliseum.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Inge is the 1st player with four 4+ RBI games in a 5-game stretch since Lou Gehrig in 1931. #Athletics— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 12, 2012
I will bet you 1 million dollars that Brandon Inge never thought he would ever be in the same tweet as Lou Gehrig.
The A's would tack on three more runs (double-digits, WOO!) in the seventh, after back-to-back walks set the table for Reddick's second homerun. Everyone in the lineup would get into the action, with the notable exception of Daric Barton, who went 0-5 with two K's looking.
The Tigers would score two garbage runs off Andrew Carignan in his return, but no one cared. Celebration! We're over .500!
See you tomorrow at 5:15 (A's movie night after the game).