DETROIT, MI - Justin Verlander struck out five over six scoreless innings Wednesday, as the Detroit Tigers downed the Oakland Athletics, 6-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Verlander (15-8) scattered five hits and walked three en route to his third win over his last four starts.
Omar Infante clubbed a two-run double and knocked in three overall, while Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot for the Tigers, who have won six of their last eight to move within 2 1/2 games of Chicago atop the AL Central.
Brett Anderson (4-2) surrendered three runs on three hits and three walks over 2 1/3 innings before leaving with an oblique injury.
Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew recorded an RBI apiece for Oakland, which still occupies one of the two wild-card spots in the AL despite dropping three in a row.