A's roll behind Kielty, win 6-2

In the first series between these two teams, Rich Harden got the best of Jeremy Bonderman, but Mike Maroth got the win over Mark Redman. In the past two games, fortunes have reversed, as Wednesday night, Redman kept the Tiger offense down while Maroth struggled, especially against OF Bobby Kielty, who launched a pair of Home Runs of Maroth.

Mike Maroth had an average day at the mound, and Mark Redman pitched well enough where an average day just wasn't going to get the job done. On the night, Maroth went 5 1/3 innings and struck out 5, but allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and was in and out of trouble constantly. Al Levine relieved him, but allowed another 2 runs to score in the 6th. Jamie Walker and Danny Patterson each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game.

Redman wasn't spectacular, but he did well enough to set the Tigers down. Redman went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs to get the win, just his 3rd of the year despite an ERA well under 4. The bullpen took over and pitched 4 innings of shutout baseball to keep the Tigers out of reach.

The Tigers had little to mention offensively. Omar Infante had a hit, an RBI and a stolen base, and Craig Monroe is starting to show signs of life as he also drove in a run.

Bobby Kielty was the A's star at the plate, launching 2 Home Runs and driving in 4 with his 3 hits of the night. OF Jermaine Dye had a pair of hits and an RBI as well.

The final game of the 3-game series takes place Thursday afternoon, game time set for 3:35pm (with the game televised on Fox Sports Detroit). Righty Gary Knotts gets his 2nd start of the year, and he certainly doesn't get an easy matchup, facing Oakland ace Tim Hudson.

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