A's 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT -- Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Oakland Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their American League Division Series.
Moss broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith's two-run drive later in the inning ended Sanchez's day. It was an impressive offensive show after the teams split two tense, low-scoring games in Oakland.
Oakland can close out the series Tuesday.
Sanchez, the American League's ERA leader, allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Jarrod Parker gave up three runs in five innings for Oakland, and the Tigers couldn't rally against the bullpen.
Oakland will send rookie Dan Straily to the mound in Game 4 against Detroit's Doug Fister.
After a pitcher's duel in Game 2 between Oakland's Sonny Gray and Detroit's Justin Verlander, the A's had Sanchez in trouble almost immediately. They scored a run in the third and two more in the fourth, and although the Tigers finally snapped out of their offensive funk with a three-run bottom of the fourth, Sanchez couldn't keep the ball in the park.
Moss hit a line drive over the wall in right field to make it 4-3, and Smith's high fly carried over the fence in left-center.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the National League Division Series.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit in Game 4.
Wacha and the St. Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday's two-run homer stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first postseason save.
Game 5 will be Wednesday in St. Louis, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the Cardinals. The Pirates had not announced their starter.