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MLB playoffs: A's rally for 3 in 9th, force Game 5

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 1:14 p.m. MDT

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer deliversin the first inning of Game 4 of their American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (Associated Press) Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer deliversin the first inning of Game 4 of their American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (Associated Press)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.

Smith hit a game-tying two-run double off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and Coco Crisp capped Oakland's most dramatic comeback yet with a two-out RBI single as the A's staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 Wednesday night.

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 and Smith scored easily when right fielder Avisail Garcia couldn't handle the ball.

Detroit Tigers's Prince Fielder watches the flight of his solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 4 of their American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Associated Press) Detroit Tigers's Prince Fielder watches the flight of his solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 4 of their American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Associated Press)

That set off a raucous celebration near first base as the A's poured out of the dugout to mob Crisp.

Detroit - Oakland

AL Division Series (best of 5)

Series tied, 2-2

Game 1: Tigers 3, A's 1

Game 2: Tigers 5, A's 4

Game 3: A's 2, Tigers 0

Game 4: A's 4, Tigers 3

Game 5: Today at Oakland, 7:30 p.m.

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