OAKLAND, Calif. – Josh Donaldson hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth inning and Scott Kazmir pitched his first complete game in nearly eight years as the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Anibal Sanchez was in command, allowing only two hits as he took a shutout bid into the ninth inning before Oakland rallied to hand the Tigers their eighth loss in 10 games.
Coco Crisp got it started with one out when he hit an opposite-field double just inside the third-base line that ended Sanchez’s night after 111 pitches.
John Jaso greeted Nathan with a single off third baseman Nick Castellanos’ glove before Donaldson hit a towering drive into the left-field seats for his second career walk-off homer. He also did it on April 12, 2013, against the Tigers.
Nathan (2-1) blew his fourth save in 16 chances.