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A's Score 3 in 9th, Tie Series 2-2

A's Score 3 in 9th, Tie Series 2-2

By Stefanie Pohl. CREATED Oct 11, 2012

After a strong start in the ALDS, it all comes down to a decisive Game 5.

The Tigers went into the bottom of the 9th inning up two runs on Oakland, 3-1, when closer Jose Valverde took the mound. That's when the A's Seth Smith hit a double to tie the game, and Coco Crisp hit a single to win the game, 4-3.

"This is the toughest moment in my whole career," Valverde said. "I had everything. These guys hit it. There's nothing I can do."

A stunned Tigers team will prepare for Game 5 tonight at 9:30PM, relying on ace Justin Verlander to pitch when the team intended to save him for Game 1 of the ALCS.
 
Detroit had struck first in Game 4, scoring on an Austin Jackson single in the 3rd inning and padding the lead with a solo home run by Prince Fielder in the 4th.
 
Oakland answered in the 6th with a run, and Detroit made it 3-1 in the 8th with a single by Garcia. But the bottom of the 9th was the trouble spot for the Tigers, with the A's scoring three runs on four hits.