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A's rip Tigers, avoid Motown sweep

4:28 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Seth Smith's bases-clearing double highlighted a six-run ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers thanks to a 12-4 decision in the finale of a three-game series.

Smith finished with three hits, including a solo homer, while Josh Donaldson and George Kottaras added two RBI each for the Athletics, who emphatically put the brakes on a three-game skid.

Pat Neshek (2-1) recorded the final out of the fifth to snag the win. He subbed for starter Tommy Milone, who allowed nine hits and three runs over 4 2/3 frames.

Gerald Laird, Austin Jackson and Prince Fielder knocked in runs, and Andy Dirks also homered for the Tigers, who fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

Anibal Sanchez (3-6) was charged with six hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 5 2/3 innings.

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