DETROIT -- With the season on the line, the Detroit Tigers finally did what they do.
After going three games without a home run, the Tigers used two home runs to get back in the game and went on to beat the Athletics, 8-6, in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
The series will conclude with Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday night.
Game 1 starter Max Scherzer earned the win, pitching two innings of relief.
The Athletics had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth with nobody out and failed to score off Scherzer.
Yoenis Cespedes doubled to right after Brandon Moss led off with a walk. The Tigers intentionally walked Seth Smith to load the bases.
Scherzer got Josh Reddick to strike out chasing a change-up out of the strike zone.
Scherzer then struck out Stephen Vogt on a 98-m.p.h. fastball. The Athletics brought in Alberto Callaspo to pinch hit for Eric Sogard. On a full count, Callaspo lined out to center.
The Tigers had scored twice in the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead. Victor Martinez hit a game-tying solo home run to tie the game.
Austin Jackson delivered a two-out, broken bat single to right, giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Before arguably the biggest hit of his career, Jackson had struck out in each of his first three at-bats in the game and was 1-for-14 with 10 strikeouts in the series.
The ball Martinez hit went just far enough over the rightfield wall.
Two fans reached over the railing and touched the ball as Josh Reddick jumped up to grab it. The A's argued interference. The officiating crew went off to review the play, but the call stood up.
The Tigers entered Game 4 with no home runs in the postseason. Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
The A's had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning off Scherzer.
Scherzer allowed a leadoff single to Vogt. Sogard's sacrifice bunt moved Vogt to second.
Coco Crisp, who had two walks and a strikeout against Scherzer in Game 1 in Oakland, singled up the middle to score Vogt.
Doug Fister allowed seven hits, one walk and three earned runs over six innings with one strikeout as the starter for the Tigers.
The Tigers didn't have a hit against A's rookie right-hander Dan Straily until the fifth inning. Prince Fielder's bloop single to left got things started. Victor Martinez followed with a single on a ground ball to right.
Peralta delivered the three-run home run, giving him five RBIs over the last two games.
Jed Lowrie helped the A's take that 3-0 lead. He had an RBI single in the first for his first hit of the postseason and added a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.
With a two-out single in the sixth inning, Miguel Cabrera reached safely in 28 consecutive games, a new Major League Baseball postseason record.
The A's put their leadoff batter on each of the first three innings, but only scored one run.
They also stranded a runner on second in the fourth inning, after Reddick hit a two-out double.
Fister threw 50 pitches over the first two innings, but rebounded nicely over the next two innings and was at 71 through four.
Crisp opened the game with a line drive to left field for a triple. With one out, Lowrie had his first hit of the series, a single to left that drove in Crisp to give the A's a 1-0 lead.
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