Tigers come out swinging, win opener in doubles with A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeimer Candelario homered, Robbie Grossman doubled twice and drove in three against his former team, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Thursday in Game 1 of a double program.

Candelario connected in the top of the seventh to assist Tarik Skubal (7-8), who struck out nine and didn’t allow an earned run on an impressive six innings while heading home in the East Bay.

He’s back on track after losing five straight starts from June 12 to July 3, using his regular slider.

“My slider is my best pitch and I didn’t really have a good feeling for it. It kind of didn’t do what I wanted it to do,” Skubal said. “…I was able to get back to the movement that I love, and I think that’s why my results were a little different from the previous ones.”

Grossman’s two-run brace in the third put Detroit ahead, then he doubled again two innings later as the Tigers added an unearned run after second baseman Sheldon Neuse’s field error. Jonathan Schoop provided insurance runs with a one-two in the eighth inning and a sacrificial fly in the ninth. Riley Greene added an RBI single in the ninth.

Tigers reliever Alex Lange gave up a home run to Seth Brown in the seventh. Stephen Piscotty had a sacrificed fly for Oakland.

The A left-hander Zach Logue (3-5) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one. He has yet to earn back-to-back starts or decisions in 2022. He was called up before the Triple-A Las Vegas game for his fifth stint of the season with Oakland and will return to the minors.

“I just try to be where my feet are,” he said.

Detroit played its seventh doubleheader this season — the second most in majors behind Cleveland’s eight — and has two more scheduled. This was made necessary by the start of the season delayed by the lockout.

The Tigers, who played in San Francisco from June 28-29, improved to 2-4 against the A’s this year after playing a previous doubleheader on May 10 in Detroit in which the A’s were the home game for the opening game. It marked a quick trip west for the Tigers before heading home.

“I’ve had a round of makeup before, but never three time zones in (one day) and I’m going home immediately,” manager AJ Hinch said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Starting RHP Beau Brieske went on the 15-day injured list with pitching-side forearm pain that Hinch called muscle strain. Brieske tried to play catch after the All-Star break and felt discomfort. … RHP José Cisnero has returned from the list of mourners.

Athletics: RHP Dany Jiménez, who was on the 15-day injured list on June 21 with a strained pitching shoulder, kicked off a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He could face live knocks as early as Tuesday. … INF rookie Jonah Bride (shoulder) will continue his rehab mission on Friday with Class A Stockton in Fresno. “Jonah is doing great,” manager Mark Kotsay said.

LIST MOVEMENTS

The Tigers recalled INF Zack Short and INF/OF Kody Clemens from Triple-A Toledo and placed RHP Will Vest on the paternity list after welcoming a baby boy. He is expected back on Saturday.

NEXT

Tigers RHP Garrett Hill (1-1, 5.73 ERA) makes his third major league start in Game 2.

RHP Frankie Montas (3-9, 3.26) was set to kick off Game 2 “to a degree” for the A’s after missing two starts with a pitching shoulder inflammation that left him forced to give up his last outing on July 3 in Seattle. Montas has received support or less in his last four outings.

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