The A's became the seventh team since Division Series play began in 1995 to battle back from an 0-2 deficit and tie the series. The last time a team completed the come back and advanced to the next round was in 2003, when the Red Sox upset the A's. Before Wednesday's 4-3 walk-off victory in Game 4, of the American League Division Series, the A's had not won back-to-back elimination games since the 1973 World Series against the Mets -- the only time they had done so in franchise history. The walk-off victory was the 15th of the season for Oakland. It led the Majors with 14 such victories during the regular season. It was the team's first walk-off in the postseason since Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice bunt in the 2003 ALDS vs. Boston.
For outfielder Coco Crisp, it was his fourth walk-off hit of the year. He is tied for the Major League lead with four others this season after having collected only two walk-off hits during the previous 10 years of his career. With the Yankees also winning in walk-off fashion against the Orioles, Wednesday is the first time two such games occurred in the postseason on the same day since Oct. 19, 2009. The Angels' Jeff Mathis hit a walk-off double against the Yankees, while the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins did the same against the Dodgers. Before the ninth inning, Josh Reddick, Josh Donaldson and Seth Smith were a combined 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the game. Smith's two-run double in the ninth inning marked the second time in his career he had a game-tying RBI in the ninth. He last did so on July 22 against the Yankees, when he knotted the game with a home run. The last game-tying hit in the ninth inning or later in the playoffs for the A's was by Erubiel Durazo in the 2003 ALDS vs. the Red Sox. The A's are now on an eight-game home winning streak. They swept the Mariners and Rangers in consecutive series to end the season and have defeated Detroit on back-to-back nights. With A.J. Griffin making his postseason debut, the A's became the first team in Major League history to use three rookie starters in one postseason. In 147 postseason games prior to this year, the A's had used just two rookie starters (Joe Bush in the 1913 World Series and Barry Zito in the 2000 ALDS). Max Scherzer became the fourth player in Major League history to throw 5 1/3 innings or fewer while striking out eight batters and yielding only three hits. He's the third to do it without allowing an earned run. Alex Avila notched his third hit in five postseason at-bats with a double in the third inning of Game 4. The Tigers backstop matched his 2011 postseason hit total. He also scored a go-ahead run, giving him two through three games. He scored just once in last year's playoffs. Prince Fielder was 1-for-13 in the ALDS before he tacked on an insurance run with a homer in the fourth inning. It was his second career home run vs. the A's and first career hit at O.co Coliseum. He is now 5-for-43 (.116) in his career against Oakland with two long balls -- both off Griffin. Tigers 21-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia began the year in Class A Lakeland. But despite his age and lack of experience, he broke through with his first career postseason hit in the eighth inning, also notching his first postseason RBI to increase the Tigers' lead to two. It marked his fourth RBI since being called up in September. Fielder's 11 errors were the most of any first baseman in the AL this season. His 12th error on Wednesday night on a grounder from Crisp tied him for the Major League lead and led to a run. Stephen Drew was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts vs. Scherzer in his career before hitting an RBI double of the Tigers starter in the sixth inning to knock him out of the game. Drew was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. It was the third time he's been thrown out this season.
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.