OAKLAND — Jed Lowrie wasn't kidding when he said he wasn't all that concerned that he'd been hitless in the first three games of the American League Division Series against the Tigers.
Neither was Bob Melvin. The manager left Lowrie in the No. 3 slot in the A's batting order for Game 4 Tuesday and Lowrie produced an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fifth.
The only trouble for Lowrie was that his offensive resurgence didn't lead to a win. After he'd driven in all the runs that led to a 3-0 lead halfway through the game, he and the A's saw that dissolve into an 8-6 loss to Detroit, forcing Game 5 of the ALDS Thursday at 5:07 p.m. in the Coliseum.
``It was a tough loss,'' Lowrie said. ``We've had them before. We fought for this game. The Tigers fought for it, too. We gave it everything we had. Now we have one more game.''
Asked if the team needed to hit the ``reset button,'' an image several of his teammates put forward after the loss, Lowrie said that wasn't quite the way he looked at it.
``For me it's hard to say push the reset button,'' he said. ``What we have to do is do what we've done all year. We have to come out Thursday having put this one behind us and play the best game we can.
``That why we've come this far.''