Paul Blackburn leads A’s to first win since April 27

Paul Blackburn threw 6 2/3 strong innings to improve to 4-0 as the Oakland A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Monday night to snap a season-high nine-game losing streak.

Tony Kemp hit a solo home run in the third and Chad Pinder added an RBI single in the fourth, which was all the offense the A’s needed to end their streak.

Blackburn gave up four hits and struck out three before leaving in the seventh inning. Despite walking two batters, rookie Dany Jiménez escaped damage and earned his fifth save to finish off the four-hitter.

The Tigers, who managed just four hits and have been shut out in two consecutive games, have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 15.

Michael Pineda (1-2) took the loss, despite allowing only two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

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