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Larry Herndon is fast becoming the power-hitting left fielder...

DETROIT -- Larry Herndon is fast becoming the power-hitting left fielder the Detroit Tigers thought they had lost when the team traded Steve Kemp to the Chicago White Sox.

Larry Herndon, a perennial 'singles' hitter who has never hit more than eight home runs in a season, equalled a major league record for most home runs in consecutive plate appearances by slamming three homers and driving in seven runs Tuesday night to lead the Detroit Tigers to an 11-9 triumph over the Oakland A's.

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Herndon, who also homered in last at-bat Sunday, tied the major league record of four home runs in consecutive plate appearances. The record is shared by 13 other players and was last accomplished by Mike Schmidt of Philadelphia in 1979. Bill Freehan was the last Detroit player to hit three homers in a game, also in 1971.

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Herndon's haavy hitting helped the Tigers build a 9-3 lead after five innings, but the A's bounced back to tie the score on Dave McKay's two-run homer and a grand slam by Jeff Burroughs.

Lance Parrish, who also homered for Detroit, snapped a 9-9 tie with a run-scoring single in the seventh after Herndon grounded out in his fourth at-bat of the game.

Herndon hit all three of his homers off Mike Norris. He slammed a three-run homer in the first and two-run homers in the third and fifth innings.

Oakland's Rickey Henderson led off the game with a homer off Jack Morris, but Detroit rebounded in its half of the first to take a 4-1 lead on an RBI single by Enos Cabell and Herndon's first homer.

Kirk Gibson led off the Detroit third with a single, and after two out and a 72-minute rain delay, Herndon belted his second homer, to almost the identical spot in the left field upper deck.

The A's countered with a pair of runs in the fourth on Danny Goodwin's two-run homer, but following Richie Hebner's fifth-inning double, Herndon connected for his final homer of the night to chase Norris.

Parrish greeted reliever Bo McLaughlin with his fifth homer of the year to give Detroit a 9-3 lead.

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McKay responded with a two-run homer in the seventh and the A's then filled the bases before Kevin Saucier replaced Morris. Saucier retired Dwayne Murphy on a fly to left but Burroughs belted Elias Sosa's first pitch into the seats for a game-tying grand slam, his second homer of the year.

After Parrish's tie-breaking single in the last of the seventh, Alan Trammell gave Detroit an insurance run with an infield single.

Behind the hitting of Herndon, who homered in his final at-bat Sunday in a 7-6 victory and four-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers won their sixth consecutive game and moved to within .002 of division leading Boston in the American League East.

'I said in spring training that the best player coming from the National League to the American League would be Larry Herndon,' Tiger manager Sparky Anderson said. 'I've been managing long enough to recognize 'good people.' He can hit .240 and still help you.

'He's the kind of player you go to the wall with. Give me all the Larry Herndon's in the world. He doesn't care about statistics. You never hear him complain on the bus or the airport. He doesn't have a jealous bone in his body.'

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A's manager Billy Martin said, 'It's no different than losing by one run.

'I'm not hurt,' he added. 'You don't see a mark on me. We lost. They beat us, that's all.'

Herndon said he was not trying to hit a fourth home run in the game and fifth in as many plate appearances over two games when he came to bat with a man on first with one out in the seventh inning of the game tied at 9-9.

'I've been making good contact and that's all I was trying to do,' Herndon said. 'I didn't even know it was a record until a reporter mentioned it. All I know is that I've been trying to work on pulling the ball more. Maybe that explains it.'

Detroit acquired Herndon, 28, who in his best season in the majors had eight homers, during the winter from the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Dan Schatzeder.

With his 3-for-4 performance Tuesday night, Herndon now has seven homers and lifted his batting average to .304.

Herndon's heavy hitting helped the Tigers build a 9-3 lead after five innings, but the A's bounced back to tie the score on Dave McKay's two-run homer and a grand slam by Jeff Burroughs.

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Lance Parrish, who also homered for Detroit, snapped a 9-9 tie with a run-scoring single in the seventh after Herndon grounded out in his fourth at-bat of the game.

Herndon hit all three of his homers off Mike Norris. He slammed a three-run homer in the first and two-run homers in the third and fifth innings.

Oakland's Rickey Henderson led off the game with a homer off Jack Morris, but Detroit rebounded in its half of the first to take a 4-1 lead on an RBI single by Enos Cabell and Herndon's first homer.

Kirk Gibson led off the Detroit third with a single, and after two out and a 72-minute rain delay, Herndon belted his second homer, to almost the identical spot in the left field upper deck.

The A's countered with a pair of runs in the fourth on Danny Goodwin's two-run homer, but following Richie Hebner's fifth-inning double, Herndon connected for his final homer of the night to chase Norris.

Parrish greeted reliever Bo McLaughlin with his fifth homer of the year to give Detroit a 9-3 lead.

McKay responded with a two-run homer in the seventh and the A's then filled the bases before Kevin Saucier replaced Morris. Saucier retired Dwayne Murphy on fly to left but Burroughs belted Elias Sosa's first pitch into the seats for a game-tying grand slam, his second homer of the year.

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After Parrish's tie-breaking single in the last of the seventh, Alan Trammell gave Detroit an insurance run with an infield single.

Alan Trammell keyed a four-run sixth inning with a game-tying single and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Enos Cabell Wednesday night to pace Detroit to a 6-3 triumph over the Oakland A's, extending the Tigers' winning streak to seven games.

Trammell singled home Lou Whitaker from second to start the sixth, moved to second on Chet Lemon's single and scored on Cabell's single off starter and loser Matt Keough, 3-5. Both runners moved up on a grounder and scored on Mike Ivie's single to left.

Rickey Henderson staked Oakland to a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring from third when Jeff Burroughs lifted a sacrifice fly off Dan Petry, 4-2. Petry surrendered all of Oakland's run before yielding in the seventh to Kevin Saucier, who earned his fourth save by retiring the last seven batters.

Detroit tied the score without a hit in the fifth. Jerry Turner was safe on an error by Wayne Gross and raced to third on a wild pickoff attempt. Ivie ran for Turner, who suffered a pulled hamstring on the play, and scored on Richie Hebner's sacrifice fly.

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Gross put the A's ahead 2-1, belting his second home run of the season in the sixth. Henderson homered in the seventh, slamming his third of the season and second in two nights.

Trammell doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Cabell's sacrifice fly in the seventh to end the scoring.

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