Max Scherzer fanned two in relief as Detroit put an end to a late rally to defeat Oakland, 8-6.
With the game even at 3-3 in the top of the seventh and the Athletics batting, a single by Coco Crisp off reliever Scherzer drove in Stephen Vogt. In the bottom of the seventh with the game knotted at 4-4, the Tigers took the lead for good when Austin Jackson drove in Andy Dirks after hitting a single off Sean Doolittle.
Doug Fister pitched six innings and got the no-decision to keep his record in these playoffs at 0-0 after he gave up three runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk. Scherzer picked up his second win of the postseason after two innings of work allowing one run on three hits, punching out two, and walking two. Doolittle (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits over 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout and one walk. Jhonny Peralta was terrific at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 3 with a double, a home run, a run, and three RBIs. Victor Martinez also contributed, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs, and an RBI. Crisp was 4 for 5 with a triple, three runs, and an RBI in the loss.
The Tigers even the ALDS at two games apiece and are a victory away from beating the Athletics and reaching the ALCS. Thursday, the Tigers will face the Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS at The Coliseum at 6:07 PM PDT.