OAKLAND -- A's catcher Stephen Vogt stood in front of his locker Thursday night at O.co Coliseum and said his team deserved better.
Another magical season for the A's had ended against the same man who stopped them cold in the same situation a year ago.
Justin Verlander retired the first 16 batters he faced Thursday, did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and threw eight scoreless innings in all to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory in the decisive fifth game of the American League Division Series.
"Verlander was good tonight," Vogt said. "He was mixing his pitches, locating his fastball up, down. He stepped up and threw a good game. All you have to do is check the box score. He's outstanding. We weren't able to string anything together. As soon as we got someone on base, he got better. He was tough all night."
After Verlander walked Josh Reddick with one in the sixth, he got Vogt to fly out to center and Coco Crisp to fly out to left.
After Yoenis Cespedes singled with two out in the seventh to break up the no-hitter, Verlander spun a curveball to strike out Seth Smith.
After Reddick singled to center with two out in the eighth, Verlander struck out Vogt for his 10th and final strikeout of the night.
"He just didn't make any mistakes," A's shortstop Jed Lowrie said. "Every time we got somebody on base, he made a pitch to get out of an inning. He owned the night."
Verlander has owned more than one night against the A's. He has thrown 30 consecutive scoreless innings against them in the past two postseasons, a record for a pitcher against the same opponent.
Coco Crisp led off Game 1 of last season's division series with a home run against Verlander.
Since then, it's been only zeros for the A's against the Detroit ace.
"He was just throwing everything for strikes," A's third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "Then when he's elevating the fastball maybe just above the strike zone, it's tough because you have to almost have your sights raised a little bit on him because he has such a good curveball.
"He makes it tough on you. The only time you're going to get to him is if he's getting himself in trouble, and he didn't do that tonight."
Even as the night wore on and Verlander kept putting zeros on the scoreboard, Reddick said he kept believing that something good would happen.
"I'm never going to concede, and I don't think this team is going to concede at any point in the game," Reddick said. "We have the confidence that you can beat a guy no matter how many wins he has."
But Thursday, with a chance to avenge last season's loss to Verlander in a fifth and deciding game, the A's saw their season end quietly again.
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