The Detroit Tigers have fallen behind the Oakland Athletics for the first time, and theres plenty of blame to go around.

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have fallen behind the Oakland Athletics for the first time, and theres plenty of blame to go around. Nate Thurmond Jersey . Detroit struggled on the mound, at the plate and in the field during a 6-3 loss Monday that left the Tigers trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five AL division series. "This is on everybody," Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera said. "We all need to do better." The Tigers, who won the series opener, will face elimination on Tuesday at home with Detroit right-hander Doug Fister facing Oaklands righty Dan Straily. "We either score runs or we go home," Cabrera said. The Tigers also will need to pitch and play defence better than they did in Game 3. Anibal Sanchez matched a career high by allowing three homers. He gave up six runs -- five earned -- to match season highs over 4 1-3 innings. Sanchez hadnt given up two homers in a game all season, but allowed the As to clear the fences twice in one inning. Derek Moss hit a go-ahead, solo homer in the fifth and Seth Smith later followed with a two-run homer in the inning to chase Sanchez and leave him wondering what went wrong. "I would like to know what happened," Sanchez said. Tigers manager Jim Leyland insisted he didnt think twice about taking Sanchez out earlier in the pivotal fifth inning. "Hes my guy and he did lead the league in earned run average," Leyland said. Sanchez did have an AL-low 2.57 ERA and allowed the fewest homers -- an average of less than one-half -- per nine innings in the league, but he didnt look like the same pitcher in his 2013 post-season debut. And, his teammates didnt help him out defensively in couple key situations. Cabrera couldnt handle Yoenis Cespedes two-out grounder in the third, allowing Coco Crisp to score the games first run. Converted left fielder Jhonny Peralta made a soft throw on a play at the plate when Crisp hit a hit a shallow fly that was long enough to score a run. That surprised Crisp, who put his head down soon after swinging the bat. "I didnt think it had a chance," Crisp said. The Tigers gave Peralta another opportunity to play this year after he returned last month from his drug suspension. Slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias has his old job at shortstop, but Leyland put him in the lineup in left. Peralta contributed a tying, two-run single in the fourth. "When you put a guy out there that hasnt been out there, youre saying youre willing to accept what you get defensively for what you might get offensively," Leyland said. "And, Jhonny got us a hit that gave us two runs." Oakland restored its three-run lead, scoring three runs in the next inning. "It was a little deflating, right after you tie the game," Tigers catcher Alex Avila acknowledged. "You want a shutdown inning there, and we didnt get one." The Tigers, who extended their scoreless streak to 20 innings in the third inning, tied the score with three runs in the fourth. Detroit had chance to cut into its deficit in the eighth inning with one on and out, but two sluggers couldnt help them come back. Cabrera popped up and Prince Fielder lined out to end the Tigers threat. The Tigers have scored three runs in two different innings -- the first in Game 1 and fourth in Game 3 -- and have been held scoreless in the other 25 innings. In the home half of the ninth on Monday afternoon, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez lost his cool in an expletive-laced exchange with Oakland closer Grant Balfour after a foul ball that led to the benches and bullpens emptying onto the infield. "The guy (Balfour) was wound up a little bit, came off yelling at Victor," Leyland said. "And Victor took offence to it, and I dont blame him." JaVale McGee Jersey . Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first match win at Queens in 2005 and went on to win the Wimbledon warmup three times. But he failed to take advantage of eight set points after leading the first-set tiebreaker 6-2, and Stepanek survived to convert with his second set point. Kevon Looney Jersey . Masahiro Tanaka has touched down in the United States and the courting of the Rakuten Golden Eagles stud pitcher has begun in earnest by a bevy of MLB teams interested in the Japanese ace. . Goins is the early favourite to win the starting job at second base. Pillar is an outsider to secure a role off the bench, which becomes an even more difficult spot to win if the number of back up jobs is reduced by one. That happens if the Blue Jays decide to start the season with an eight man bullpen.The Formations Both the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Montreal Impact lined up in 4-2-3-1 formations with a number of changes for both teams. Montreal coach Frank Klopas was missing five players whom he would normally consider for his starting XI: Marco Di Vaio, Justin Mapp, Felipe, Sanna Nyassi and Hernan Bernardello. Vancouver coach Carl Robinson had to replace the injured Jay DeMerit, as well as Nigel Reo-Coker, who was in New York with his wife, who gave birth to the couples first child. The Game After the excitement of the World Cup over the last two weeks, this game was something of a letdown. There were chances at both ends, but both teams – Vancouver, in particular – failed to perform up to their potential. Whitecaps fans have come to expect up-tempo, free-flowing football at BC Place this season. After scoring 17 goals in their seven-game unbeaten run leading up to Wednesdays match, the Whitecaps failed to excite their supporters and struggled to find a way past a stubborn Impact team. Pedro Morales, usually the creative maestro of the Whitecaps team, was off his game. His passes, normally precise and incisive, went astray as Montreal stymied and frustrated Vancouver. Far too often, promising moves broke down in transition as Vancouver failed to find a way to exploit the athleticism and speed of its front three – Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado and Kekuta Manneh. There was an expectation that the three young speedsters would create a significant advantage for Vancouver, but Montreal did an excellent job of denying all three players time on the ball and space in which to operate. The midfield partnership of Patrice Bernier and debutant Gorka Larrea hustled and harried Morales, Gershon Koffie and Matias Laba, preventing the Whitecaps midfielders from finding their intended targets. Montreals central defensive partnership of Matteo Ferrari and Heath Pearce did an excellent job of marshaling Hurtado and, with little support from Mattocks and Manneh, Vancouvers front man endured a frustrating night. After scoring a goal in each of his last four games for the Whitecaps, Hurtado failed to trouble the Montreal back four. The Impact could have come to Vancouver to ‘park the bus – put as many players as possible behind the ball, hope to keep a clean sheet and steal a point on the road. While that was the ultimate outcome of the match, Montreall looked the more dangerous side in transition. Jordan Bell Jersey. Both Issey Nakajima-Farran and Maxim Tissot provided service to Andres Romero and Jack McInerney, whose movement was superb. McInerney caused problems for Vancouvers central defensive partnership of Andy OBrien and Johnny Leveron all night and, if the Impact had been a little more precise with their service to McInerney, he may very well have provided the breakthrough that the visitors needed. In the second half, Montreal hit the post through McInerney and the bar through Tissot, and may consider themselves unlucky not to have come away with all three points. But they had goalkeeper Troy Perkins to thank for keeping the score 0-0 at the other end, as the Montreal shot stopper made a number of fine saves in the second half. The pick of the bunch was a fantastic tip around the post from a low, driven Morales free kick that seemed destined to find the bottom left corner of the Impact goal. The Positives The Montreal Impact have had a difficult season in MLS. With just two wins to their credit – none coming away from home – most observers felt that a home win was as close to a sure thing for Vancouver as possible. But Montreal were solid defensively, nullified the pace of Vancouvers front three and looked dangerous in transition. Given the number of players unavailable to Frank Klopas, Montreals coach has to be pleased with a point. Both goalkeepers were excellent for their respective teams. David Ousted and Troy Perkins each made a number of reflex saves to keep a clean sheet. The Negatives Vancouver failed to live up to the high standards they have set for themselves on home soil this year. Their build-up play was methodical and, far too often, their passes failed to reach their intended target. Apart from Ousted, there wasnt a single player who played up to his potential. The message from Carl Robinson will be a simple one - chalk it up to a bad day at the office and move on to the next game. The Star Man While both Ousted and Perkins were superb, Perkins just shades it for his second-half performance. Vancouver threw everything they had at the Montreal goalkeeper, who dealt with everything in his stride. The Vancouver Whitecaps travel to Colorado on Saturday, June 28 to take on the Rapids (TSN, 6pm PT 9pm ET) while the Montreal Impact host the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, June 29. 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