Jesse Chavez hangs with David Price, but A's fall to Tigers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- David Price feels for Jesse Chavez from afar. At least from the opposite clubhouse on a night when the pitchers put on quite a show.
Chavez hung tough with Price all game but had nothing to show for it, and the Oakland Athletics had their season-best three-game winning streak snapped by a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
"I don't worry about my own individual record, I just worry about the team's," Chavez said. "I just try to give us a good chance to win every five days."
Price (4-1) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings for a third straight winning decision, but his first victory since May 2 at Kansas City. Chavez went eight innings, struck out four and allowed five hits.
"He's kind of been the tough-luck loser all year," Price said. "It's tough to see it. It's just not happening for him right now."
Former A's outfielder Rajai Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the first against Chavez (1-5). Slugger Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers lineup after sitting out Monday and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning single.
Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg took a ball in the mask in the ninth but stayed in the game after being checked, and then a fan ran onto the field to cause another delay.
The A's had baserunners in each of the first five innings and runners in scoring position with fewer than two outs in four of those, but couldn't capitalize. They missed a chance in the eighth, too.
After Ben Zobrist's one-out double in the fifth, Price retired his final eight batters. Joba Chamberlain got two outs in the eighth, Tom Gorzelanny entered and allowed Stephen Vogt's infield single, and then Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
Soria retired pinch-hitter Josh Reddick on a comebacker to end the eighth, and then gave up Sam Fuld's two-out double before finishing the ninth.
Detroit slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled in the seventh for his first hit of the series against his former club. He was then thrown out trying to steal second.
The A's also picked up their majors-leading 50th error on backup catcher Josh Phegley's first-inning throw a day after a trio of miscues by the defense.
"I came up and just the timing of when I normally pull the trigger, I could feel like I didn't have a real good grip so I almost hesitated," he said. "At the time I was a little frustrated that I made a bad throw, but I'm thinking, `It's one run.' And then it ended up being the decisive run."
Chavez lost his second straight start and third consecutive decision dating to a win at Minnesota on May 5. He dropped to 0-4 in 10 career appearances and three starts against the Tigers. He had no chance of following up Jesse Hahn's four-hitter in a 4-0 win Monday with no support.
"His win-loss isn't even close to indicative of how well he's pitched," manager Bob Melvin said of Chavez. "To give us eight innings against that lineup and give up one run which ends up being a sac fly in the first inning ... he can't knock in runs. All he can do is pitch and keep the other team down, and he did that."
Anthony Gose led off the game with a single, stole second and advanced on Phegley's error. Davis' sacrifice fly was the first run surrendered by Chavez in the first or second innings all season. He moved into the rotation April 23.
Athletics: 2B Zobrist played for the first time since April 24 a day after coming off the DL from left knee surgery. ... LHP Sean Doolittle was activated from the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. He will not move back into the closer role right away. "He is a difference-maker," Melvin said.
Tigers: RHP Alfredo Simon was placed on the bereavement list so he could visit his gravely ill father. He had planned to pitch and then leave the team but needed to push up his flight. The Tigers hoped Kyle Ryan would arrive in time from Triple-A Toledo playing at Louisville, though it was going to be close. Otherwise Ausmus will go with a reliever.
Athletics: LHP Scott Kazmir (2-3) is 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA and .291 opponent batting average over five May starts after going 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA in April.