DETROIT--The thoughts of their brewing rivalry with the Detroit Tigers were pushed aside by the Oakland Athletics in their shocking 5-4 loss to Detroit on Monday when nine-game winner Scott Kazmir came out of the game unexpectedly in the sixth inning.
It seemed that Kazmir, who was moving around a bit tentatively, might have developed some pain in his hips or lower back, but the club said before the game was over that Kazmir was fine.
The A's winning streak was not.
Closer Sean Doolittle, trying to come back from his blown save Saturday, did anything but. Two singles and a walk, just the second of the year allowed by Doolittle, made his position precarious.
It was up to former A's outfielder Rajai Davis to crush the A's, and he did it in the most dramatic fashion, clubbing a grand slam for a walkoff win for the Tigers.
The A's, who have been ousted from the playoffs the past two seasons by the Tigers, got some help from Detroit on Monday in being in position to get the win that Davis' slam denied them.
A wild throw from shortstop Eugenio Suarez in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game took flight and didn't come to earth until well after Yoenis Cespedes was safely standing at first. Moments later Moss reached the 60-RBI mark with a double to left-center.
Cespedes raced around to score and as the A's took a 2-1 lead, Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus decided starter Anibal Sanchez had gone far enough. Sanchez's replacement, Joba Chamberlain, didn't go anywhere the Tigers wanted to see.
Chamberlain walked Josh Donaldson and was roughed up by a bases-loading single to Stephen Vogt before Lowrie's second opposite field single chased two runs home.
It wasn't long after giving up a game-tying homer to Miguel Cabrera in the sixth that Kazmir's night on the mound ended. First he walked J.D. Martinez, then after his first pitch to Torii hunter, Kazmir got a visit from manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta.
He convinced them he was good enough to go, but his next pitch, his 99th, saw him wince a bit and Melvin headed straight for the mound to take the nine-game winner out of the game. It wasn't until the eighth inning that the A's announced Kazmir was fine.
It's not that the A's didn't have chances to score early against Sanchez. It's that the Tigers' right-hander, with a little help from his defense, turned them away for the first five innings.
Coco Crisp opened the game with a double and made it third by the inning's end. But a diving stop by Suarez at short denied Donaldson a hit up the middle that would have given Oakland a quick lead.
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