Verlander (4-1) notched his sixth straight start without a loss, yielding only a fourth-inning single to Josh Reddick and a Seth Smith solo homer in the fifth.
The Tigers' ace surrendered one walk and struck out eight while lowering his ERA to 2.47 as Detroit earned a split of its four-game series at Oakland.
Oakland's Jarrod Parker (1-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
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