OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Mark Ellis hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, and Oakland beat Detroit 3-2 on Wednesday to hand the defending AL champions their fourth straight series loss.
The AL Central-leading Tigers dropped two straight to the A's after winning the series opener. The Tigers have lost six of seven games overall and eight of 11.
Mike Piazza had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who won their second straight following a four-game losing streak. Piazza is batting .354 (17-for-48) with 12 RBIs since coming off the disabled list on July 20.
Andrew Brown (1-0) allowed two hits in 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win, and Alan Embree got five outs for his 12th save.
Oakland starter Dallas Braden, winless in 10 games since beating Baltimore on April 24, allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Nate Robertson (6-9) gave up three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Carl Crawford had three hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Tampa Bay.
Crawford connected off Josh Towers (5-8) in the sixth to put Tampa Bay up 3-2. Brendan Harris made it 4-2 with an RBI single off Brandon League.
Crawford, slowed recently by a sore right wrist, has two homers in his last three games after not hitting one in his previous 42 games.
Jonny Gomes also homered for the Devil Rays, just 8-26 since June 25. Gary Glover (5-3) threw two scoreless innings as five pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Towers allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
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