Posted October 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Oakland Athletics have beaten Detroit with both pitching and power. And that's left the Tigers on the brink of elimination -- and simmering with frustration. Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning Monday and defeated the Tigers 6-3 for a 2-1 AL division series lead. Moss broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith's two-run drive later in the inning ended Sanchez's day. It was an impressive offensive show after the teams split two taut, low-scoring games in Oakland. This one got a little tense in the ninth, too, when A's closer Grant Balfour and Detroit hitter Victor Martinez started shouting at each other after a foul ball, causing benches and bullpens to empty. "I don't know what happened. Honestly, I know that Balfour is fiery on the mound -- he's yelling a lot and spitting everywhere," Moss said. "It's who he is. You know, sometimes it can ruffle the feathers of other teams." The ...
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