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A's hold off Tigers 8-6

  • Coco Crisp bats against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. (PAUL SANCYA/Associated Press)

DETROIT — Coco Crisp is on such a roll that he was even a little better than Miguel Cabrera on Monday night.

Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tie-breaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp went 3 for 6 with a solo homer and is batting .500 (9 for 18) in his last four games.

The A's scored at least one run against each of Detroit's three relievers after Anibal Sanchez was forced out after throwing 112 pitches in five innings.

"We did a good job of being patient," Crisp said. "I think we got his pitch count pretty good."

A.J. Griffin (11-9) earned his first win since July 29 despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.

"I was just trying to battle and keep the ball down good," Griffin said. "It's good to win, a good battle. It felt like a playoff atmosphere."

Grant Balfour allowed an unearned run in the ninth but held on for his 33rd save.

Omar Infante and Victor Martinez also homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won three in a row. Martinez went 4 for 5 and Torii Hunter had two hits.

"We just didn't pitch good. I don't know what else to tell you," manager Jim Leyland said. "They were swinging the bats good, and we didn't pitch good. Our pitchers have been terrific, but tonight they got beat. No big deal."

Cabrera went deep in the fifth, sending a 3-1 slider from Griffin over the wall in right for a two-run shot that tied it at 4. He leads the AL with a .359 batting average and 130 RBIs, but he trails Baltimore slugger Chris Davis for the home run lead by three.

"Trying to go off the plate, trying to make him chase something," Griffin said. "It was up. If it would have been down, it would have been a better pitch."

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