Athletics Hit Three Home Runs in 6-3 AL Playoff Defeat of Tigers

Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hit home runs as the Oakland Athletics won 6-3 at the Detroit Tigers today to take a two-games-to-one lead in their best-of-five American League division playoff series.

The Athletics can advance to the AL Championship Series with a win in Game 4 tomorrow in Detroit.

After the teams combined to score a total of six runs while splitting the first two games of the series in Oakland, they scored nine runs in a three-inning span today at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Oakland opened the scoring on an error in the third inning. Reddick hit a solo home run and Coco Crisp added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the A’s a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers responded with three runs in their half of the fourth inning to tie the game. Victor Martinez had a run-scoring double and Jhonny Peralta added a two-run single.

Oakland came back with three runs in the fifth, on a solo home run by Moss and a two-run shot by Smith, both off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.

Moss, who struck out in his three other at-bats today, now has nine strikeouts in the series.

“I made contact,” Moss said in an on-field interview. “It’s just one of those things, I strike out a lot. You got to go up and be who you are, and finally I didn’t miss one.”

There are three more Major League Baseball playoff games today.

The host Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to wrap up their series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League, followed by the Boston Red Sox going for a sweep of their AL series at the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers try to finish off their NL series at home against the Atlanta Braves.

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