The Detroit Tigers struck first against the Oakland Athletics. In the top of the 3rd inning, Alex Avila of the Tigers doubled to right field, got moved to third on a sacrifice by Omar Infante, then came home on an RBI single by Austin Jackson to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Prince Fielder homered to deep right field to make it 2-0. A.J. Griffin gave up seven hits and throw 85 pitches before being lifted at the top of the sixth inning.
The A's managed to get one run back in the sixth inning. A fielding error by Fielder allowed Coco Crisp to get to first and then to second. A wild pitch advanced him to third, then Stephen Drew's RBI double brought Crisp home to make it 2-1 Detroit. However, third base coach Mike Gallego probably made an error waving Drew to third. Drew was called out. The Tigers managed to get the final two outs to escape the bottom of the sixth, and if they win would advance to the American League Championship Series.