DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Tiger’s season is on the brink after they were beat by Oakland 6-3 yesterday afternoon in Detroit, putting the A's just a win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series. The Tigers have to defeat the A’s this afternoon at Comerica Park to force a deciding Game Five at Oakland Thursday night.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez took the loss, leaving with one out in the fifth inning when he allowed two of the 3 home runs that were hit by the A’s against the pitcher who had the regular season’s lowest E-R-A in the league. Jarrod Parker tossed five innings of three-run ball for the win. Grant Balfour closed it out for the save, but not before jawing with the Tigers' Victor Martinez in the ninth. The benches emptied, but cooler heads prevailed. Martinez had an RBI double and Jhonny Peralta had a 2-run single in the fourth when the Tigers tied the score at 3-3.
Doug Fister will try to help keep the Tigers alive in the series when he goes to the mound against Oakland’s Dan Straily with the first pitch scheduled for 5:07 p.m.
There will be no sweep for the Red Sox in the other ALDS as Tampa Bay got a walk off homer in the ninth to beat Boston 5-4 and the Rays now trail 2-games-to-1 with Game 4 tonight in Tampa. In the National League last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the NLCS with a 4-3 win over Atlanta, eliminating the Braves 3-games-to-1. The Dodgers will play the survivor of tomorrow night’s Game 5 between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cardinals avoided elimination Monday afternoon by holding on for a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh.