Detroit Tigers drop 9th straight game as Oakland A’s complete sweep

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By DAVE HOGG
Associated Press
DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics left home as a .500 team, looking for a spark. They’re returning to the Coliseum looking very sharp.
Jed Lowrie had two more hits, Sean Manaea pitched six strong innings and the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday to sweep a four-game series.
“It is really tough to sweep a four-game series, especially when the other team scores first in three of the four games,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Our pitchers made big pitches when we needed them, our bullpen was great and the hitters just kept getting key hits.”
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 dropped 10 in a row since their 119-loss season in 2003.
“This is a learning process for a lot of our young guys,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re not swinging the bats great, and we’re playing some very good teams right now. That combination will do some damage to you.”
Manaea (8-6) won his third straight start, allowing two runs in six innings on five hits and a walk. Three relievers finished, with Blake Treinen pitching the ninth for his 20th save, including 17 in a row.
“I still felt good in the sixth, but the way our bullpen is going, I was happy to let them finish it off,” he said. “They have been spectacular.”
Michael Fulmer (3-7) gave up four runs and nine hits while becoming the first Tigers starter to pitch eight innings since May 20. He is 1-3 in his past six starts.
“I’m tired of saying it, but I thought my stuff was good today,” he said. “I’m just not getting the results we need, and that’s more frustrating for me than anyone.”
The Tigers took the lead in the first inning on Nicholas Castellanos’s two-run homer, extending his extra-base streak to five games.