NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) — Jesse Hahn allowed one run in seven innings and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of Detroit on Thursday, winning 7-5 and handing the Tigers their seventh straight loss.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: From Mackinac to Motor Bella, Major Events Return
Josh Phegley hit a two-run triple in the second inning, and the A’s won for the sixth time in seven games, although they still have the worst record in the American League.
Hahn (3-5) gave up five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Detroit scored four times in the ninth, including a three-run homer by Tyler Collins. Tyler Clippard got two outs for his ninth save.
Shane Greene (4-5) allowed six runs — four earned — and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He made a throwing error that contributed to Detroit’s trouble.
The Tigers have lost seven in a row for the first time since April 26 to May 2, 2011, according to STATS. That was the year they began their current streak of four consecutive AL Central titles.
Detroit has not lost more than seven straight since an eight-game skid in 2005.
Oakland’s three-run second inning set the tone Thursday.
With runners on first and third and nobody out, Eric Sogard hit a grounder to the pitcher, and Greene threw wildly to second for an error. A run came home on that play, and Phegley’s first career triple made it 3-0.READ MORE: Rolling Stone Magazine Named ‘Respect’ #1 Song Of All Time
Billy Butler hit an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Left fielder Daniel Fields, who entered midway through the game for his major league debut, overran the ball for an error on Butler’s fifth-inning hit, allowing another run to score.
Detroit managed only one hit in the first five innings before putting together a mild rally in the sixth. Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single made it 6-1, but Fields struck out with two on to end the inning.
Fields doubled to right in the ninth for his first hit.
Athletics: 1B Stephen Vogt left in the ninth with an apparent injury after chasing a foul pop that ended up well back in the seats. … Drew Pomeranz pitched the eighth for Oakland, his first appearance since May 18. He’d been out with a shoulder issue.
Tigers: Yoenis Cespedes left after two innings with flu-like symptoms. He was replaced by Fields in left.
Athletics: Heads to Boston for a three-game series. A’s LHP Scott Kazmir (2-3) takes the mound Friday night against LHP Wade Miley (4-5).
Tigers: Play a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. Detroit LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0) faces LHP Jose Quintana (2-6) on Friday night.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
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