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Reuters Home plate umpire Gary Darling gets between Detroit Tigers’ designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) and Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series on Monday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Athletics take 2-1 series lead over Tigers

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DETROIT — One more victory in two chances will send the Oakland Athletics into the American League Championship Series.

Oakland, eliminated by Detroit in the 2006 and 2012 playoffs, pushed the Tigers to the edge of elimination Monday with Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hitting home runs off Anibal Sanchez to power the Athletics to a 6-3 victory.

It gave the A’s a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.

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