DETROIT (AP) – Rich Hill allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Marcus Semien homered for the A’s, and Hill (3-2) breezed through Detroit’s righty-heavy lineup with little trouble. The left-hander struck out eight and wasn’t really in any jams after he escaped the first inning with two on.
Mike Pelfrey (0-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings and remains winless since signing with Detroit this past offseason. He allowed three runs in the fourth inning and then gave up Semien’s two-run shot with two out in the seventh.
Justin Upton made a terrific catch in left field in the third, reaching above the wall on a drive by Oakland’s Chris Coghlan. The ball actually popped out of Upton’s glove, but he was able to gather it in before it hit the ground.
Oakland opened the scoring in the fourth on an RBI single by Jed Lowrie. Shortstop Jose Iglesias was unable to come up with Lowrie’s sharp grounder after ranging well to his right. Coco Crisp added a sacrifice fly, and Khris Davis made it 3-0 with an RBI single.
Pelfrey nearly made it through the seventh, but after retiring the first two batters, he allowed Yonder Alonso’s single and Semien’s fifth homer of the season. He allowed one more hit after that before being pulled.
Hill allowed singles to Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez in the first, but he also struck out three in the inning. The Tigers didn’t score until Martinez’s RBI double with two out in the ninth. Billy Burns got a glove on his deep drive but couldn’t hold on in front of the wall in center.
Athletics: RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder) pitched two innings Monday for Triple-A Nashville on a rehab assignment.
Tigers: RHP Shane Greene (blister) is unlikely to make his next start, manager Brad Ausmus said. … Detroit reinstated LHP Daniel Norris (back) from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers also recalled RHP Buck Farmer from Toledo.
Athletics: Sonny Gray (3-1) takes the mound at Detroit on Wednesday night. Gray is 10-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 14 career starts in April.
Tigers: Justin Verlander (1-2) tries to build on a solid outing in his last start, when he struck out 10 in seven innings against Cleveland on Friday.