Sports
6:14 am
Tue June 30, 2009

Ellis, Sweeney homer in A's 7-1 win over Tigers

OAKLAND, CA – Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in his second game back from a two-month injury absence, and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs in the Oakland Athletics' 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Kurt Suzuki had a run-scoring double for the last-place A's, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a rare 11-hit effort from a club that's last in the AL in batting average, hits, total bases and homers.

Gerald Laird had an RBI double for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have lost three of four after a seven-game winning streak.

Detroit's Rick Porcello (8-5) made one of the poorest starts of his rookie season, yielding nine hits and five runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning.