Giants rough up Detroit
DETROIT (AP) – Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first inning, Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a long rain delay and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 15-3 Sunday morning.
The game was delayed by a thunderstorm in the third inning for 2 hours, 36 minutes, and it ended after midnight.
Barry Zito (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk. He pitched on short rest and stayed in the game despite the long delay, going about 3 hours between pitches in the second and third innings. Zito won Tuesday at Arizona in his first start after being on the disabled list with a sprained right foot.
The NL-West leading Giants have won nine of their last 11 games.
Max Scherzer (9-4) allowed nine runs – six earned – on six hits and three walks over two-plus innings.
The Tigers, losers of four of five, have given up at least 14 runs three times during the slump.
They hope only a game was lost.
Catcher Victor Martinez left in the third inning with a bruised right shoulder and is day to day. Martinez was replaced by emergency catcher Don Kelly, who was used as an emergency pitcher earlier in the week.
Scherzer started the game by striking out Aaron Rowand, then struggled.
Emmanuel Burriss followed with a single and Sandoval smacked the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats, extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. Second baseman Ryan Raburn didn’t help Scherzer out, making a fielding error on Aubrey Huff’s grounder on what should’ve been the second out of the inning. Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out infield single, then Crawford hit the next pitch over the right-field fence.
The long delay didn’t slow down San Francisco, which surpassed its previous season high of 13 runs
After Brayan Villarreal walked Crawford, who was batting when rain stopped the game, Tejada hit the next pitch to left for his 12th career grand slam to put the Giants ahead 10-0.
Huff hit a two-run single in the fifth, giving the Giants a 12-run lead. Eli Whiteside hit a two-run double in a three-run sixth, padding the lead to 15-0.
Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore had a better offensive nights than their Arizona counterparts.
Oakland’s top two hitters combined for four hits and drove in a run. They just didn’t score enough.
The Athletics outhit the Diamondbacks but never got the key hit in a 4-2 loss Saturday night before a fireworks crowd of 30,338.
“They just did more with their hits than we did with ours,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We weren’t able to take advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
The A’s also faced an old nemesis in Joe Saunders, who carved out his 12th win in 16 decisions against Oakland, most of them with the Los Angeles Angels.
“I just like pitching here,” Saunders said. “There’s something about this place that kind of fits my eye.”
Chris Carter and Conor Jackson also had two hits for the A’s.
“You can see the confidence growing in him,” Melvin said of Carter. “He has good, strong hands.”
Saunders (5-7) pitched seven-plus innings for Arizona, yielding two runs and eight hits while improving to 12-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 18 career starts against Oakland. That’s his most wins against any single team.
Sizemore and Hideki Matsui each has an RBI for the A’s, who have dropped seven of 10.
Josh Outman (3-3) lost his second straight start and was upset with himself.
“I’m better than a .500 pitcher,” he said. “I was terrible. I fell behind too much and got beat on pitches where I wasn’t thinking.”
Outman allowed seven hits and walked three in six innings.