A's down Tigers behind Hahn's first shutout
OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.
"The way his sinker was going, it wasn't tough to call a game for him today," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "He, from inning No. 1, had his sinker going today, he was throwing it with conviction, with confidence. He was some kind of disgusting with his sinker."
A four-run sixth inning backed Hahn, highlighted by run-scoring doubles from Max Muncy and Sam Fuld. The A's sent eight men to the plate in the frame, beginning with Marcus Semien and Josh Reddick, who got things going with back-to-back singles.
Tigers starter Shane Greene was responsible for all four runs. The right-hander scattered eight hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking none.
"I didn't stop the bleeding. I gave up four runs," Greene said. "I could have been better."
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Hahn dominates: Though his teammates didn't make it easy on him, committing three fielding errors, Hahn breezed through a career-high nine innings, getting three double plays along the way. The right-hander fanned five and walked one, earning just his second win in nine tries this season.
Third time's no charm: Greene was able to pitch around a couple of jams before losing out in the sixth. The A's had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the fourth and fifth inning and did not score. The four runs he allowed were more than the three given up his previous 24 2/3 innings combined.
"He was doing a good job," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was only that one inning. In fact, if Butler hits the ball harder, it's a double play and we're out of the inning. Instead it extends the inning."
Tigers: Left-hander David Price, who starts Tuesday night at 10:05 p.m. ET at the Coliseum, has no-decisions in each of his last three starts, matching his career-high as a starter. That's OK with the Tigers, who have won eight of Price's nine starts this season.
Athletics: The A's will have right-hander Jesse Chavez on the mound for Tuesday's middle matchup with the Tigers at the Coliseum, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. Chavez is 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts this season..
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