DETROIT — Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Monday night.
Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was given a three-run lead to work with in the ninth but managed only one out. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila started the inning with singles. Eugenio Suarez struck out but Doolittle walked Austin Jackson — just the second walk he has issued this season — to load the bases.
Doolittle threw a curveball to Davis for a ball then hung another one over the middle of the plate. Davis didn't make a mistake, hitting his first career walkoff homer down the leftfield line.
Detroit's rally allowed Anibal Sanchez to extend his unbeaten streak to 10 starts.
Oakland starter Scott Kazmir left the game in the sixth, one pitch after appearing to grab at his hip, but Dan Otero replaced him and kept the score tied through seven innings. A team spokesperson said that Kazmir, the former Rays All-Star, was "fine."
Oakland broke a tie at 1 in the eighth, helped by a Tigers defensive lapse. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a routine grounder to short, but Suarez's throw sailed well over Cabrera's head at first. Brandon Moss followed with an RBI double into the left-center gap.