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Bassitt hits spot for A's to secure series win

Lowrie stays tough on Tigers with RBI double in 4th inning
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DETROIT -- No comeback was necessary on this night. Behind right-hander Chris Bassitt, who treated his fan club to six scoreless innings, the A's kept at it against the Tigers with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Bassitt, who grew up 70 miles south just outside Toledo, Ohio, held the Tigers to two hits in front of a lively contingent of friends and family members, working around five walks following his latest promotion from Triple-A Nashville.

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DETROIT -- No comeback was necessary on this night. Behind right-hander Chris Bassitt, who treated his fan club to six scoreless innings, the A's kept at it against the Tigers with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Bassitt, who grew up 70 miles south just outside Toledo, Ohio, held the Tigers to two hits in front of a lively contingent of friends and family members, working around five walks following his latest promotion from Triple-A Nashville.

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"They're a loud, rambunctious group," Bassitt said. "I hope no one got in trouble."

Jed Lowrie, fresh off a four-hit night, drove in the game's first run with a double in the fourth inning against Tigers righty Mike Fiers, while Josh Phegley and Dustin Fowler connected for back-to-back RBI doubles for a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Lowrie doubled again in the eighth to continue his hot tear; he's 13-for-38 (.342) on this road trip.

Video: OAK@DET: Lowrie scores Joyce with a double to right

The A's, seeking a four-game series sweep on Thursday, have won nine of their last 11 to improve to a season-high five games over .500 (43-38) at the midpoint of the season -- an encouraging showing from a young, injury-plagued club that's hanging tough in a tough division.

"We'll take it," manager Bob Melvin said.

Bassitt has been summoned by the A's five times this season. This marked his fourth start and first that ended in a victory -- his first win since Aug. 4, 2015. Bassitt has since succumbed to Tommy John surgery, completed a grueling rehab process and, more recently, endured a series of back-and-forth trips from the Minors.

While the A's keep adding starters to the DL -- Daniel Mengden was the latest to go down with an injury -- Bassitt remains on speed dial.

"There's probably a ton of excuses you could throw out there and lose focus, but he knows he has a job to do and takes pride in that, and gives us his best effort every time," his catcher, Phegley, said. "You don't hear him complain about where he's been, and every time he walks in here, he's got a smile on his face. I like what he brings to the table every time he's on the mound, and I think he's going to continue to do that."

"He knows he has to pitch well, and it's not an easy thing to do when you're not in your routine, you certainly aren't in the same city for more than three or four days at a time," Melvin said.

In the five days since his last start for the A's in Chicago, Bassitt has made stops in Nashville, St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Minneapolis. After spending the majority of Wednesday in airports, he made a late arrival in Motown.

"I'm just racking up the freaking flyer miles," Bassitt said. "Southwest is gonna owe me a lot, I'll tell you that."

Video: OAK@DET: Trivino strikes out Greiner to get the save

Yusmeiro Petit delivered two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, and Lou Trivino secured the save, his second, with a clean ninth.

SOUND SMART
The A's Major League-record streak of consecutive games with a home run was snapped at 27 -- only because JaCoby Jones robbed a drive by Matt Olson in the second.

Video: OAK@DET: Jones takes a home run away from Olson

HE SAID IT
"I've been on a flight for basically two straight days. Spent all day yesterday in an airport and travel is not good, but when you do as much as I have been doing, it's a recipe for disaster that we kind of averted by timely outs today." -- Bassitt

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Tigers threatened in the seventh when Jose Iglesias reached on a leadoff base hit, but he was thrown out on a stolen base attempt of second base after the A's successfully challenged the initial safe ruling.

Video: OAK@DET: Phegley nabs Iglesias after call overturned

UP NEXT
A's left-hander Sean Manaea (7-6, 3.40 ERA) will be on the mound at 10:10 a.m. PT on Thursday for the series finale against the Tigers, who will counter with right-hander Michael Fulmer (3-6, 4.17). Manaea is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in four June starts. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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