By Dave Hart

Tigers 7, A’s 3 – The Tigers picked up the victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon to win the four-game series.

LSJ Logo incertOakland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Tigers responded with four runs in the bottom half of third and with three in the fourth frame.

The Tigers were led by Anthony Gose with a double, home run and two RBIs while Nick Castellanos added two doubles and an RBI. Ian Kinsler chipped in with a double and an RBI.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings.Eye on the D

Sanchez struggled with his command, walking seven Oakland batters. Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final out to pick up his fifth save of the season for Detroit.

The Athletics were led by Stephen Vogt with a solo home run while Khris Davis and Josh Reddick chipped in with an RBI apiece.

Detroit will go on the road for its next six games starting Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

Record: 11-10

Tied for 3rd Place in AL Central Division (4.5 games behind Chicago)

1 game behind Boston and Kansas City for last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 143

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 146

Next Game: 04/29/2016 @ Minnesota Twins 8:10 p.m. @ Target Field

Hitting stats: Anthony Gose 2B (1) HR (2) 2 RBI (5), Nick Castellanos 2 2B (5) RBI (11), Ian Kinsler 2B (4) RBI (13), Justin Upton RBI (5), Miguel Cabrera (11), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 3B (1).

Pitching stats: Anibal Sanchez W (3-2) 5.2 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 7 BB 9 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (5) .1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 K.