A drizzly, brisk morning couldn’t ice Oakland’s bats as the A’s powered to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
With the win, the A’s have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Tigers, putting them one game away from taking the series.
Oakland nearly swept Detroit in a four game set at Comerica Park back in August. The Swinging A’s scored 34 runs in that Aug. 26-29 series. Riding home runs from Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith, the A’s again proved to be more than comfortable at Comerica.
The A’s jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by the 4th inning, only to see the Tigers tie the game in the bottom half.
Moss’ single-shot in the 5th inning gave Oakland back the lead, while Smith homered a little later in the same inning, bringing in Yoenis Cespedes.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the 9th while A’s closer Grant Balfour was battling Victor Martinez. Martinez apparently took exception to Balfour’s infamous “rage” (he is known to talk to himself angrily while on the mound) and approached the Aussie, clearing the benches as players from both teams walked onto the field.
However, Balfour was able to get Martinez to pop out. Balfour later collected his first save of the postseason.
Jarrod Parker got the win for Oakland, while Anibal Sanchez took the loss for Detroit. Dan Straily will be taking the mound for the Athletics in Tuesday’s game, while Doug Fister will try to force a Game 5 for the Tigers.
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Dennis Shanahan and Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.