Tigers 8, Oakland 3

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – With two out in the fifth, the Tiger bats came alive – scoring six runs, as Detroit beats the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Detroit Tigers’ offense broke through to help Detroit take a lead they would not relinquish and take the first game in the two game series against the Oakland A’s.

“It’s fun when you win,” said Carlos Guillen speaking postgame on 97.1 The Ticket.

Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen each hit a two-run homer in Detroit’s six-run fifth inning.

The Tigers trailed 3-1 before they grabbed control in the fifth against Guillermo Moscoso (3-5).

After Magglio Ordonez brought Detroit to within a run with a sacrifice fly, Cabrera hit his 20th homer of the season, putting the Tigers ahead to stay. It was his 600th career extra-base hit.

Detroit’s Rick Porcello (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Moscoso (3-5) allowed six earned runs in 4 2-3 innings.

Detroit’s Victor Martinez scored the first run of the game on a wacky play at home, sidestepping Kurt Suzuki’s tag and then reaching back with his arm to touch the plate.

(Copyright 2011 WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved.)   (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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