Posted October 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Dog-pile celebrations and whipped cream pies became a regular occurrence this season for the Oakland Athletics. Perhaps none was as improbable or memorable as this last one, which made sure a season filled with dramatic endings wouldn't end just yet. Seth Smith hit a game-tying, two-run double off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp capped Oakland's rally with a two-out RBI single, and the A's staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 Wednesday night. ''This club, we've been battling the whole year, giving 100 percent, and these walkoffs have been our MO this year,'' Crisp said. The A's rode a major league-leading 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 led off the ninth with a single just under the glove of diving second baseman Omar Infante. J...
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