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MLB: Oakland 2, Detroit 0

Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics stayed alive in the ALDS by shutting down Detroit 2-0 in Game 3 behind a strong pitching performance by Brian Anderson.

Anderson (1-0) held the Tigers to two hits and two walks and struck out six over six innings, and Grant Balfour locked the door in the ninth to earn the save.

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Seth Smith hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run in the first inning. Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 for the A's.

Coco Crisp scored a run and made a spectacular leaping catch in the second inning that robbed Prince Fielder of a likely home run to preserve Oakland's 1-0 lead.

Anibal Sanchez (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings and took the loss for the Detroiters. Jhonny Peralta was 2-for-2 and drew a walk.

The Tigers still lead the best-of-five series and can advance to the league championship series by beating the A's in Oakland Wednesday.

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