A's avoid sweep in Detroit, pull away for 12-4 win - WNEM TV 5

A's avoid sweep in Detroit, pull away for 12-4 win

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DETROIT (AP) -

Seth Smith homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-4 Thursday in a matchup of AL playoff contenders.

Both teams began the day in second place in their divisions, and Oakland held an edge in the wild-card race.

The Tigers remain 2 games behind the Central-leading Chicago White Sox, who lost at Kansas City.

Outscored 18-4 in the first two games, Oakland held down Miguel Cabrera to win the finale.

Cabrera singled in four at-bats, and tops the AL in batting at .333.

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