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Scherzer, Tigers force Game 5 against A’s

BoSox take out Rays

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 12:02 a.m. CDT
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(Mike Carlson)
Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) slides under Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) during Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay. The Red Sox won to clinch the ALDS series.

On a night of desperation, dispute and finally, delirium, Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers kept their season alive by the slimmest of margins.

During a relief outing to remember, Scherzer escaped a major jam one inning after two fans reached out to try to reel in Victor Martinez’s disputed home run, and the Tigers rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.

The winner of Game 5 will draw the Red Sox, who eliminated the Rays in four games.

Scherzer was in line to start Game 5, but the 21-game winner came on Tuesday instead for his first relief appearance since the 2011 postseason. He wriggled out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the eighth inning and got the win.

Playing catch-up most of the way in Game 4, the Tigers tied it first with Jhonny Peralta’s three-run homer in the fifth and then on Martinez’s solo shot in the seventh. A couple of fans attempted to catch Martinez’s drive, and at least one of them bobbled the ball as he reached over the railing above the wall.

Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Jake Peavy helped a great deal in sending the Rays packing.

The former White Sox worked 5 2/3 innings, allowed an unearned run on five hits and striking out three. However, Craig Breslow picked up the win in relief after working 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Sox scored the game-tying and winning runs in the seventh without the ball leaving the infield on the scoring plays. Xander Bogaerts scored on a wild pitch. Shane Victorino then drove in Jacoby Ellsbury, who moved to third on the wild pitch.

 

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