They huffed, they puffed, they split.

It wasn’t an easy four-game series for the Tigers in Oakland. Their losses were of the 10-0 and walk-off variety.

But their wins, both of them, were the kind that told them not all is wrong in their world.

As long as you can escape from multiple jams -- and stop the bleeding at two runs in the ninth.

With Rick Porcello tough in difficult situations, and the top of the lineup being productive again, the Tigers downed the A’s 5-4 on Thursday in the finale of their four-game series.

Most important, there was some, but less nonsense at the end -- no blown save, no liner that could have been caught but wasn’t, and no big home run that turned it all around.

A shaky Joe Nathan gave up two runs in the ninth, after serving up the game-losing home run the night before, but with the tying run at second, and the winning run at first, he got the game-ending groundout he needed for his 13th save.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez knocked in two runs each, but the top four batters in the Tigers’ lineup accounted for seven of their 11 hits and all five of their RBIs.

Having another fine game, while continuing to look like an All-Star second baseman, Ian Kinsler doubled twice, scored twice, and knocked in a run.

Porcello (8-2) weathered six walks in 5 2⁄3 innings for the victory. Either the A’s couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it, or Porcello was at his toughest when he was in a trouble, but the outcome was what it was because of several wasted chances for Oakland.

One of those chances ended on an outstanding catch by J.D. Martinez in the fifth inning.

The first escaped jam for the Tigers occurred in the second inning when the A’s loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walks.