Oakland stuns Tigers to stay alive in playoffs
The Oakland Athletics celebrate after their victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.
October 11th, 2012
01:49 AM ET

Oakland stuns Tigers to stay alive in playoffs

The Oakland A's kept their unlikely postseason alive by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in Game 4 of their AL division series.

The final game of the series is tonight in Oakland.

In the ninth, Seth Smith's double drove in two runs to tie the game 3-3 before Coco Crisp singled to right field, bringing home Smith and forcing Game 5, where the A's will have to face Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

The late-game comeback is familiar territory for Oakland, which had 14 victories in its last at-bat this season, most in the major leagues.

In the other playoff series, the Yankees beat Baltimore 3-2 when pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez homered in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving New York a 2-1 series lead; the San Francisco Giants got a solid outing from Tim Lincecum and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 to tie the series 2-2; the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 and lead their series 2-1.

All four series are in action today.

Filed under: Baseball
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ItremainsConsistant

    Really > lets here from the number one poker champion of the U.S. instead and the ten CEOs of the defense industry-

    NOW its "live".

    October 11, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. ItremainsConsistant

    London? Lets hear it 🙂 typos corrected.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Emma

    I hope the Bulls do good this year. They aren't the same team since Shaq left but are still a good ball team. They should easily make it to the World Series.

    October 11, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Vad

      I haven't heard a comment that insightful since the Lakers lost to the Yankees in the 1909 Stanley Cup Championship! Tiger Woods kicked the winning field goal. Now that was a game!!!

      October 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Emma, basketball teams DO NOT play in the MLB World Series!

    October 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • The Best

      Chrissy, you are so smart. The smartest person I know. Thank you for correcting Emma. We all needed to know that basketball teams don't play in the world series. WE ARE IGNORANT! And you knew Shaq never played on the Bulls, but in your infinite wisdom, you figured you would keep that nugget of info for yourself. you know, to hold that over our heads. because you dominate...mentally.

      October 11, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ The Best

      You have hit the nail on the head. You are so right in correcting chrissy like this. I really look up to your type.
      In case you don't realize it, this is sarcasm, just like you leveled at chrissy, Mr. Know-It-All.

      October 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, bciah.
      They deleted my reply to The Best.
      Lol, I guess my sarcasm was too sarcastic.
      Oh, I know why they did this; but the deliberately disengenous comment made me realize one thing: that CNN doesn't like it when one calls someone a name that CNN willing tolerates here: trolls.

      October 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B "the deliberately disingenuous comment by Emma" made me"...et al.

      October 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    woo the A's and Giants still alive. Bring on the earthquake baby.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    Valverde needs to go.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |