MLB Postseason Wrap: A's tie series on walk-off

MLB Postseason Wrap: A's tie series on walk-off
October 6, 2013, 1:30 am
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Stephen Vogt gets showered in Gatorade after delivering the game-winning hit in the A's win over the Tigers. (AP)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A pair of Oakland rookies, one heralded and the other a relative unknown, provided everything the Athletics needed to tie their AL division series with Detroit at one game apiece.

Stephen Vogt hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning after rookie Sonny Gray matched zeros with Justin Verlander in a sensational playoff debut, lifting Oakland over the Tigers 1-0 on Saturday night.

Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith hit back-to-back singles against loser Al Alburquerque to start the winning rally, then Josh Reddick was intentionally walked before Rick Porcello entered to face Vogt. He lined a clean single past drawn-in shortstop Jose Iglesias and into left-center.

"It's just really nice to come out in front of these home fans in a must-win game and come through," Gray said. "It was awesome."

The AL West champion A's had eight walk-off wins during the regular season, then did it again at the perfect time on baseball's October stage.

It was Vogt's first career game-winning hit - and it came after he lost a 10-pitch battle with Verlander in the seventh for his third strikeout of the night (see full recap).

Ortiz, Red Sox take 2-0 series lead
BOSTON -- John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before.

He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout.

"I like it a lot better on this side, that's for sure," Lackey said after Ortiz hit two homers to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday and give Boston a 2-0 lead in the AL division series.

It was the first two-homer postseason game for Ortiz, who is the only player remaining from the 2004 Red Sox team that won the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years. He was also a star of the '07 team that won it all; both times, they opened the playoffs by eliminating Lackey's Los Angeles Angels.

"He's tough this time of year - any time of year," Lackey said. "He's a guy that likes bright lights, for sure."

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three runs for the AL East champions. Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs, and Lackey earned the win in his first postseason start since joining the Red Sox as a free agent in 2010.

Ortiz hit his first homer in the first inning, then his second in the eighth to chase Rays starter David Price.

"As long as we win, it means a lot," Ortiz said. "It's not over. We've got to keep on fighting," (see full recap).