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Payton's place
Tigers drop opener
Nate Robertson did something on Monday that he had not done all season: He lost a road game. Robertson gave back two one-run leads to the A's, allowing five runs on seven hits, including a three-run blast to Jay Payton in the sixth that proved to be the difference.
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Athletics 5, Tigers 3
Jay Payton (center) is congratulated after hitting his 100th career home run. (Ben Margot/AP)
Series at a glance:
A's snap skid against Tigers
Jay Payton's 100th career home run proved not only to be a milestone, but the game-winner against the Tigers. Payton's sixth-inning three-run shot turned an Oakland deficit into a one-run lead for the A's. Joe Blanton tossed seven innings for the win and Huston Street recorded save No. 19.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 03, 2006
DET
Detroit (56-27)
Lost 1
Oakland 5, Detroit 3   OAK
Oakland (43-39)
Won 1
July 3, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Detroit
0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0   3 10 0
Oakland
0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 X   5 7 1
Standings thru 7/3/06  |  Gameday  |  Tigers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Granderson, CF5110003.284
Polanco, 2B4021000.286
Rodriguez, C4020001.301
Ordonez, RF4000013.311
Guillen, SS4110001.298
Thames, LF4111012.309
Monroe, DH4021010.245
Shelton, 1B4010011.279
Inge, 3B4000002.227
Totals3731030413 

BATTING
2B: Guillen (24, Blanton), Polanco (14, Blanton), Monroe (15, Blanton), Rodriguez (14, Duchscherer).
HR: Thames (17, 6th inning off Blanton, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Granderson; Polanco 3; Rodriguez 3; Guillen 2; Thames 4; Monroe 3; Shelton.
RBI: Monroe (39), Polanco (31), Thames (33).
2-out RBI: Polanco; Thames.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Granderson 2; Rodriguez; Shelton; Thames.
GIDP: Ordonez.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: (Inge-Polanco-Shelton).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kotsay, CF4000002.244
Swisher, 1B2000200.262
Crosby, SS4022011.252
Chavez, 3B4110003.246
Thomas, DH3110110.239
Payton, RF4113001.280
Kielty, LF3010110.288
Kendall, C3100102.269
Ellis, 2B3110000.233
Totals30575539 

BATTING
HR: Payton (5, 6th inning off Robertson, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Crosby 2; Chavez; Thomas; Payton 4; Kielty; Ellis.
RBI: Crosby 2 (35), Payton 3 (27).
2-out RBI: Crosby 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Chavez.
GIDP: Payton.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Crosby (11, throw).
DP: (Ellis-Crosby-Swisher).

 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Robertson (L, 8-4)7.07554313.35
Grilli 1.00001003.86
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 8-7)7.09330114.78
Duchscherer (H, 3)1.01000103.10
Street (S, 19)1.00000203.47

Pitches-strikes: Robertson 108-63, Grilli 15-10, Blanton 98-67, Duchscherer 15-11, Street 17-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Robertson 11-7, Grilli 1-2, Blanton 10-10, Duchscherer 2-0, Street 1-0.
Batters faced: Robertson 31, Grilli 4, Blanton 29, Duchscherer 4, Street 4.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Ron Kulpa. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:15.
Att: 35,077.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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