OAKLAND, Calif. — What cost the Oakland A’s Friday night at O.co Coliseum was some uncharacteristic early slippage by Bartolo Colon that allowed the Detroit Tigers to spend the entire evening with the lead.
Meanwhile, Max Scherzer backed up Jim Leyland’s decision to make him the Game 1 starter as he tossed seven splendid innings and made an early three-run lead stand. The Tigers scored in just one inning — the first — but it was good enough for a 3-2 victory over Oakland to take a 1-0 advantage in the American League Division Series.
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