Cabrera, Ordonez lead Tigers over A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez each drove in a pair of runs, Jeremy Bonderman won for the first time in over a month and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland A’s 5-1 on Thursday to complete a two-game sweep.
Cabrera snapped an 0-for-12 streak with a single in the third, then added a two-run homer in the fifth. Ordonez singled home two runs in the third, and Ramon Santiago had an RBI single in the fourth to help the Tigers win for the fourth time in five games.
Bonderman (2-2) gave up a run before he gave up a hit, walking the bases loaded in the third and then hitting Kurt Suzuki with a pitch. Bonderman ended up allowing three hits and four walks over six innings, striking out a season-high eight.
Tyson Ross (1-2) lasted four innings in his second start, allowing three runs on seven hits.
Cabrera has turned the AL West into his personal playground. He leads all active major league hitters with a .349 average against the four teams in 100 career games, and also hit his 21st home run to go with 93 RBIs.
Bonderman has not allowed more than two runs in his past three starts while allowing at least three runs in the previous three. He also moved into 17th on the Tigers’ career strikeout list with 854, surpassing Milt Wilcox.
Ross was an emergency starter for Oakland when Justin Duchscherer was unable to start last Saturday. He’s given up seven runs over 10 2-3 innings after allowing six in his first 16.
Vin Mazzaro, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day, took over for Ross and gave up Cabrera’s ninth home run of the season before keeping Detroit at bay.
Daric Barton singled home a run against Phil Coke in the seventh to make it 5-2.
Coke went 1 1-3 innings, Ryan Perry got the final two outs of the eighth and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
NOTES: Tigers OF Austin Jackson has a hit in 19 of 20 road games. … Bonderman has limited opponents to a .115 average (7 for 61) the first time through the lineup. … A’s RHP Henry Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Mazzaro. … Barton is hitting .350 (28 for 80) at home and .191 on the road. … The Tigers are 18-2 when scoring five or more runs. … Valverde has not allowed a run in his last 18 outings covering 17 2-3 innings.