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Lowrie's homer in 9th lifts A's over Tigers

Associated Press • Jun 25, 2018 at 9:15 PM

DETROIT — Edwin Jackson figures he'll enjoy pitching for as long as teams are willing to put him on the mound.

Jackson tied a record Monday when he played for his 13th major league club, allowing a run in six innings for the Oakland Athletics in their 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Called up from Triple-A for his first big league appearance of 2018, Jackson matched the mark for most teams set by former reliever Octavio Dotel.

"It's always good to be wanted," Jackson said. "When I can't find a team that wants to bring me in, then I guess it'll be time to sit it down. But until then, I like to come out. I like to compete, to have fun. I feel like I still have something in me and that I can bring value to a team."

Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the top of the ninth. The A's trailed 4-1 after Detroit's Nicholas Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the seventh, but Oakland scored three in the eighth off Joe Jimenez to tie it. Then Lowrie connected for his 12th home run of the year, barely fair down the line in right field off a cutter from Shane Greene (2-4).

Lou Trivino (6-1) got the win in relief, and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances. The A's have won seven of nine.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings for the Tigers, but that wasn't enough to prevent Detroit's sixth straight loss.

"I felt good," Zimmermann said. "I threw a lot of sliders today, and they were pretty good."

Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy had three hits apiece for Oakland. Piscotty hit a solo homer in the seventh to tie it at 1. The A's have homered in a record 26 consecutive road games.

The 34-year-old Jackson allowed six hits and struck out seven with no walks. It was his first start since Sept. 28, when he was with Washington.

"For most guys, it's tough to go to a new team in the middle of a season. There can be some nerves and some uncomfortableness being with a new team," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "This is probably the last guy that you worry about that, being that it's his 13th team. He seemed real comfortable when he came out of the bullpen, seemed really comfortable when he took the mound. That has a lot to do with experience."

Down by three in the eighth, Oakland chipped away against Jimenez. Marcus Semien hit a sacrifice fly, and Lucroy followed with an RBI single. Then Franklin Barreto tied it with a run-scoring double.

John Hicks hit an RBI single for Detroit in the fourth to open the scoring.

Oakland center fielder Dustin Fowler made a diving catch with a runner on second to end the seventh.

JOURNEY

Jackson made his big league debut in 2003 with the Dodgers. He's also pitched for the Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres and Orioles. Detroit traded him in 2009 as part of the three-team deal with Arizona and the New York Yankees that brought Max Scherzer to the Tigers.

"I've been playing against him forever, so I was pretty familiar with his stuff, just from a hitting standpoint," said Lucroy, Oakland's catcher. "Look, this guy's an innings eater. He throws strikes. He fills the zone up, attacks guys. Veteran pitcher who knows exactly what he's doing out there."

Monday marked eight years since Jackson threw a no-hitter for Arizona at Tampa Bay.

CITIZENS

Before the game, the Tigers held a ceremony for a group of people being sworn in as American citizens. Included were Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Leonys Martin, both natives of Cuba.

"It's amazing," Iglesias said before the game. "Become an American citizen on a ballpark, and with full uniform and everything. It's a blessing."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland reinstated LHP Ryan Buchter from the disabled list. He'd been on the DL since April 26 with a strained left shoulder. The A's also purchased Jackson's contract from Triple-A Nashville, designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment and optioned OF Nick Martini to Nashville.

UP NEXT

Detroit sends LHP Blaine Hardy (3-1) to the mound Tuesday night against Oakland RHP Frankie Montas (4-1).

TOP PICK MIZE GETS $7.5M BONUS 

No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers that includes a $7.5 million signing bonus, the highest for any drafted player since 2011.

Detroit didn't go into much detail about its 2018 plan for Mize, but it certainly sounds as if he'll pitch in the organization at some point soon.

"We pretty much know what we're going to do," said Scott Pleis, the team's director of amateur scouting. "We're going to figure that out — how many innings, how that's going to work out, when he's going to do it. So all the stuff will be mapped out."

Alex Faedo, a right-hander drafted by the Tigers in the first round last year, did not start his minor league career until this season. He's at Double-A Erie now.

In 17 starts at Auburn this year, Mize went 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 12.24 strikeouts per nine innings. The Tigers took him with the No. 1 draft pick earlier this month . His bonus in the highest for a player since Aug. 15, 2011, when pitcher Gerrit Cole agreed to an $8 million bonus with Pittsburgh and outfielder Bubba Starling struck a $7.5 million deal with Kansas City.

Mize's bonus is below his $8,096,300 slot value. In three seasons at Auburn, Mize went 20-13 with a 2.96 ERA, 324 strikeouts and 43 walks.

The Tigers also agreed with Texas second baseman Kody Clemens, the youngest son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, on a deal with a $600,000 signing bonus. Detroit took him in the third round.

Shortly after Detroit announced the deal with Mize, the Tigers held a news conference with him at Comerica Park. He also had a chance to go on the field and interact with players.

"A little nervous to even go play catch," Mize said. "I felt a part of it a little bit, which was an awesome feeling. Even stepping in the dugout, and kind of just seeing the stadium. I don't know — it was really cool."

Mize was asked about any players he may have tried to emulate growing up. His answer never played for the Tigers — but it's someone who did go to high school in Michigan.

"There is a guy that I grew up idolizing, but he's not a pitcher," Mize said. "I loved Derek Jeter growing up, because I played shortstop as well."

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