Jed Lowrie, Sean Manaea lead A's over Tigers for four-game sweep

Jed Lowrie, Sean Manaea lead A's over Tigers for four-game sweep
Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 16:28:32-04

DETROIT (AP) -- Jed Lowrie had two more hits, Sean Manaea pitched six strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday to sweep a four-game series.

Lowrie went 9 for 17 (.529) with two homers and three doubles in the set, driving in at least one run in all four games.

The A's went 8-2 on their three-city road trip, the first time they had won eight times on a single swing since going 10-0 on a trip to Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City as part of their 20-game winning streak in 2002. Oakland has won 10 of 12 overall.

Detroit lost its ninth straight, matching a streak from September. The Tigers haven't lost 10 in a row since their 119-loss season in 2003.

Manaea (8-6) won his third straight start, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Three relievers finished, with Blake Treinen pitching the ninth for his 20th save, including 17 in a row.

Michael Fulmer (3-7) gave four runs and nine hits. He is 1-3 in his past six starts.

The Tigers took the lead in the first inning on Nicholas Castellanos's two-run homer, extending his extra-base streak to five games.

Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder started the second with singles, and Mark Canha made it 2-1 with a bloop single. Lowrie followed with his eighth hit of the series, a tying single, and Khris Davis gave the A's a 3-2 lead with the fifth single in six batters.

Pinder's RBI double made it 4-2 in the fourth.

The Tigers loaded the bases with three two-out singles in the sixth, but Manaea struck out Niko Goodrum to end the inning.

   The A's have won their last nine games against Detroit, their longest streak against the Tigers since Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx led the Philadelphia Athletics to 10 straight wins over Detroit in 1931.

   Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman could play a couple rehab games before returning from a hand injury. Chapman had a cortisone shot on Monday and was hoping to swing a bat on Thursday or Friday.
   Tigers: LHP Daniel Stumpf (ulnar nerve) remains in Triple-A Toledo on a rehab assignment. Stumpf is Detroit's only left-handed reliever.

   A's: Return home after their 10-game road trip to face the Cleveland Indians. Paul Blackburn (1-2, 8.83) pitches Friday's opener against Trevor Bauer (7-5, 2.44).
   Tigers: Travel to Toronto for a four-game series against the Blue Jays. Francisco Liriano (3-3, 3.94) faces Marcus Stroman (0-5, 6.80) on Friday.