Red Sox advance to ALCS, Tigers force Game 5 against the A’s

The Tigers tied the American League Division Series, but not without some drama. The Tigers came from behind twice to beat the Athletics 8-6 and set up a deciding Game 5 in Oakland. Victor Martinez hit a game-tying leadoff home run in the seventh inning that was reviewed because a fan reached over the railing to touch the ball, and Austin Jackson added an RBI single to cap a two-run rally that gave the Tigers the lead after trailing 3-0 and 4-3.

Pay per head services know that Game 1 winner Max Scherzer, who relieved Doug Fister in the seventh inning, escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth innings with two strikeouts and a line drive and the Tigers added three runs in the bottom of the inning for some insurance. The Athletics would score twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning against closer Joaquin Benoit but Seth Smith struck out to end the game.

The Red Sox beat a Rays team that was facing their fifth must-win game in a span of 10 days. The Rays led Game 4 heading into the seventh inning before the Red Sox rallied and held on for a 3-1 victory at Tropicana Field.

Craig Breslow tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings behind starter Jake Peavy and Koji Uehara recorded a four-out save to send the Red Sox to their fifth ALCS in the past 11 seasons and first since 2008. The Red Sox will host the winner of the Tigers vs. Athletics series, which will be decided tomorrow night in Oakland.