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'Rough patch' continues with another listless loss for free-falling Tigers

Detroit — This is what it's like when you are in a tailspin like the Tigers are now.

You walk a guy, he scores. You hit a guy, he scores. You make an error or you don't turn a double play, you make one bad pitch and all of a sudden there is a crooked number on the scoreboard and you are fighting uphill.

"That's what it always seems like," manager Ron Gardenhire said after the Tigers were beaten by the Oakland Athletics, 7-2, Friday at Comerica Park. "That's kind of where we are at right now.