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Detroit forces 5th game after winning vs. A's
DETROIT, Michigan (USA) - Detroit Tigers won 8-6 vs. Oakland Athletics on Tuesday-evening to win Game 4 and tie the American League Division series at 2-2 to force a fifth and deciding game. This game will be played on Thursday in Oakland.

Oakland held the lead twice in the game and a victory would have clinch them the League Championship Series.

The A's opened the score in the first at bat when Coco Crisp led off with a triple and scored on an one-out single by Jed Lowrie. Two runs were added in the fifth inning with the same two players being involved. With one out, Crisp singled, then Lowrie homered with two outs to make it 3-0.

Detroit then came alongside in the home of the fifth. Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez led off with singles, then Jhonny Peralta followed with a homerun.

Oakland re-took the lead in the seventh inning on an RBI-single by Crisp that scored Stephen Vogt, who had led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt.

But Oakland again failed to hold onto the lead, as Detroit struck in the home of the seventh. New pitcher Sean Doolittle was greeted with a lead-off homerun by Victor Martinez. As the ball was touched by a fan in rightfield, the umpires reviewed the homerun and it stands as called, so the score was tied. Moments later, Jhonny Peralta doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Andy Dirks, who went on to score the go-ahead run on a 2-out single by Austin Jackson.

In the eighth inning, Detroit added three runs. With two outs, Victor Martinez singled and Andy Dirks walked. A pitching change followed and Brett Anderson took over, but he walked Alex Avila, which loaded the bases. A wild pitch then led to a run, followed by a 2-run double by Omar Infante that made it 8-4.

In the ninth, Oakland scored twice on a 2-out single by Yoenis Cespedes, but that was it.

(October 8)

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