John Wockenfuss hit a three-run homer with two out in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Oakland A's last night in Detroit.
Tim Conroy, making his third start of the season, was pitching a four-hit shutout until the eighth. After he walked Enos Cabell, Steve Baker (3-2) relieved.
Baker got one out, but Lance Parrish grounded a single up the middle. After Glenn Wilson struck out, Wockenfuss hit an 0-2 pitch into the upper deck in left for his fifth home run of the season.
Doug Bair, who pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Dan Petry, won his second in the American League without a loss. Aurelio Lopez earned his 12th save, striking out Carney Lansford with the bases loaded to end the game.
Rick Peters drove in Rickey Henderson twice to give Oakland a 2-0 lead. Henderson stole three bases to give him 45 for the season and 10 in three games, possibly a league record. Statistics cover steals only in two consecutive games.
Noting the A's stole five bases off him, Wockenfuss admitted, "I just stunk out there tonight. It was embarrassing. The first time since I've been here, I heard people say, 'You stink, you're no catcher, you're too old (34).' Of course, I couldn't blame them. I did stink.
"I figured if I didn't do that (the home run), they might start throwing stuff at me."