Wednesday's MLB Playoff Summary

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AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Athletics 4, Tigers 3 - Series tied 2-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seth Smith hit a game-tying two-run double off Detroit closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and Coco Crisp capped Oakland's most dramatic comeback yet with an RBI single as the Athletics staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the AL division series Wednesday.

The A's rode 14 walkoff wins in the regular season to an improbable AL West title. Those paled in comparison to No. 15, which set up a win-or-go-home Game 5 against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Josh Reddick started the rally with a single just under the glove of diving second baseman Omar Infante. Josh Donaldson followed with a double off the wall in left-center and both runners scored on Smith's double. Two outs later, Crisp lined a single to right and Smith scored easily when Avisail Garcia couldn't handle the ball.

Yankees 3, Orioles 2, 12 innings - Yankees lead series 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Raul Ibanez homered as a pinch hitter for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were tied 2-all going to the 11th Wednesday night in Game 3 of their AL division series.

With the best-of-five series tied at 1, Baltimore and reliever Jim Johnson were two outs from taking control. But with Rodriguez 1 for 12 with no RBIs and seven strikeouts, Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent up Ibanez, who lined a 94 mph pitch into the right-field seats.

It was the first time Rodriguez had ever been pinch-hit for in a postseason game, according to STATS LLC.

Orioles rookie Miguel Gonzalez had allowed one run and five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and a walk. Ryan Flaherty and Manny Machado, the bottom two hitters in Baltimore's batting order, hit solo home runs off Hiroki Kuroda.

Coming in, the Orioles were 76-0 this year when leading after seven innings. They had also won 16 extra-inning games.

Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees on Thursday night in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore.

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Cardinals 8, Nationals 0 - Cardinals lead series 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Carpenter was every bit the postseason ace he's been in the past for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.

All in all, quite a damper on the day for a Nationals Park-record 45,017 red-wearing, towel-twirling fans witnessing the first major league postseason game in the nation's capital in 79 years.

Three relievers finished the shutout for the Cardinals, who can end the best-of-five series in Thursday's Game 4 at Washington.

Kyle Lohse will start for St. Louis. Ross Detwiler pitches for Washington, which is sticking to its long-stated plan of keeping Stephen Strasburg on the sideline the rest of the way.

Giants 8, Reds 3 - Series tied 2-2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Facing elimination again, the San Francisco Giants came out swinging. Got a saving relief appearance from Tim Lincecum, too.

Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all.

Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner relegated to the bullpen, also delivered. He entered in the fourth with the Giants ahead 3-2, struck out six while giving up just one run in 4 1-3 innings, and allowed his team to pull away.

The Giants can complete an unprecedented comeback on Thursday. No team has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three on the road, according to STATS LLC.

Matt Cain, who lost the series opener and has yet to beat the Reds in three tries this season, will start Game 5 against Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs).



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