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MLB: Detroit 5, Oakland 4

Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Don Kelly's ninth-inning sacrifice fly drove in the winning run Sunday and Detroit took a 2-0 lead in its playoff series with a 5-4 decision over Oakland.

Omar Infante collected a one-out single in the ninth against Athletics closer Grant Balfour (0-1) and went to third on Miguel Cabrera's solid hit to center field.

The A's intentionally walked Prince Fielder to load the bases and Kelly followed by hitting a deep fly ball to right, allowing Infante to score the winning run without a throw.

Cabrera finished 3-for-5 and Delmon Young drove in a run for the Tigers, who grabbed a commanding lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series.

Al Alburquerque (1-0) earned the victory after retiring Yoenis Cespedes in the top of ninth to get out of a two-on, two-out jam.

Josh Reddick socked a homer and Chris Pennington went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the AL West champion A's.

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