DETROIT -

The Detroit Tigers lost 12-4 Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park against the Oakland A's,

Seth Smith homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tigers in a matchup of AL playoff contenders.
Both teams began the day in second place in their divisions, and Oakland held an edge in the wild-card race.

The Tigers fell 2 1/2 games behind the Central-leading Chicago White Sox, who played later at Kansas City.

Outscored 18-4 in the first two games, Oakland held down Miguel Cabrera to win the finale.

Cabrera singled in four at-bats, and tops the AL in batting at .333.