A’s snap losing skid while prolonging Tigers’

Paul Blackburn allowed only four hits in 6 2/3 innings, Tony Kemp hit his first home run of the season, and the visiting Oakland Athletics snapped a nine-game losing streak by blanking the slumping Detroit Tigers, 2-0, on Monday.Blackburn (4-0) walked none and struck out three. His season ERA dropped to 1.74 ERA with another stellar performance.Dany Jimenez struck out three in the ninth while recording his fifth save. Jimenez has not allowed an earned run in 12 appearances.Zach Jackson bridged the gap by recording four outs, including a pair of strikeouts.Chad Pinder knocked in the other run for Oakland.Detroit starter Michael Pineda gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings. The Tigers were shut out for the second consecutive game while losing their sixth straight. Rony Garcia didn’t allow a baserunner while pitching the last two innings for the Tigers.Austin Meadows was the only Tigers player to notch an extra-base hit. Detroit is 1-for-33 with runners in scoring position over the last five games.Javier Baez and manager A.J. Hinch were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the ninth inning.Kevin Smith hit a two-out triple in the second but Pineda left him stranded by inducing Elvin Andrus to pop out.

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