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October 10, 2012

Oakland wins Game 3 at home

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland A’s home crowd is as wild as the story it is cheering.

The Detroit Tigers heard the crowd and suffered the story for nine innings last night.

The sellout crowd of 37,090 roared most of the game as the A’s beat the Tigers, 2-0, to keep the Tigers from sweeping the best-of-five first-round series. The A’s can tie the series Wednesday night and force a decisive Game 5 on Thursday night against Justin Verlander.

The young A’s came from 13 games down in midseason to dethrone Texas in the AL West by sweeping the visiting Rangers in the final series. The A’s inflicted the same formula on the Tigers they did last week on the Rangers: strong pitching and timely hitting in front of a boisterous crowd that seems to believe it can will into reality the unbelievable.

How fortunate are the Tigers that even though the A’s have home-field advantage, the first two games of the series were in Detroit?

It didn’t take a lot of crowd noise to drown out the Tigers’ suddenly subdued bats. Only one run by the Tigers in the first two games of the series came on a hard-hit ball (Alex Avila’s homer). Then in Game 3 on Tuesday night, the Tigers ran into left-hander Brett Anderson, 24 , the only nonrookie in the A’s playoff rotation.

Anderson allowed only two hits and handed his bullpen a 2-0 lead after six innings . Both hits he allowed came in the second, as did the night’s biggest play.

Prince Fielder led off the second with a bolt to deep right-center. Coco Crisp, the centerfielder, raced to the right-center wall and, on the run, put his glove above it.

This is the Crisp who dropped Miguel Cabrera’s fly ball for a two-run error in Game 2. “I have to make that dang play!!!” Crisp tweeted.

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