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A's lose to Tigers 7-6

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon adjust his cap against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — Grant Balfour sensed something was wrong while warming up in the bullpen, failing to throw fastballs or breaking pitches the way he'd like before entering a game.

It didn't get any better for the A's closer when he was on the mound.

Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Thursday to avoid a sweep.

The Tigers scored four times in the ninth off Balfour (0-3). A two-out walk set up Victor Martinez's RBI single before Hunter cleared the left-center fence for their biggest comeback victory of the year.

Balfour said he felt "terrible" on the mound.


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