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Tigers win, split series with A's; other MLB scores
Friday May 30, 2014 12:00am

Tigers beat A's for split of series
(OAKLAND) - Two of the American League's top teams have struggling closers who are accustomed to being among the best in baseball. Joe Nathan held on through another rocky ninth inning for his 13th save a day after blowing one, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series between division leaders. On the other side, Oakland's Jim Johnson, the 2013 AL saves leader, walked off the mount to boos from the home crowd after allowing two runs in the seventh. Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello's eighth victory. Porcello (8-2) overcame a career-high six walks, three shy of his season total coming into Thursday's start. Nathan allowed Josh Donaldson's leadoff double, and RBI infield single by Yoenis Cespeds and Josh Reddick's run scoring doouble before pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie grounded out to end the game. It was Nathan's first outing since he surrendered Donaldson's game-ending three-run homer in Wednesday's 3-1 loss for his fourth blown save opportunity. Victor Martinez doubled home two runs in the seventh and Cabrera also had an RBI groundout for the Tigers, who head to Seattle for the weekend before returning home. Porcello moved into second place in the American League for wins behind Toronto's Mark Buehrle.


OTHER THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
Texas 5 – Minnesota 4
Kansas City 8 – Toronto 6
Houston 3 – Baltimore 1
LA Angels 7 – Seattle 5


INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Boston 4 – Atlanta 3


IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 4 – Philadelphia 1
San Francisco 6 – St. Louis 5
Arizona 4 – Cincinnati 0
Pittsburgh 6 – LA Dodgers 3


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