The Detroit Tigers flew to Oakland Wednesday for a fifth and final American League Division Series game, following a thrilling comeback win in Game 4.
"That was a great game—exciting--an emotional roller coaster,” said Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter.
The Tigers broke out of their batting slump in the 5h inning, tying the game on Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer. The Tigers fell behind again, took the lead, then held on during a nail-biting 8th inning.
Max Scherzer shut down the A’s with the bases loaded and no one out.
"Our season was on the line," said Scherzer. "If the runner on second scores, we are in a big hole. To get two strikeouts and have Austin run that down, it’s the stuff you dream of."
Austin Jackson caught a line drive to end the inning. Earlier, his broken bat single put the Tigers ahead to stay.
"It was great to see so many people come through with clutch performances in a big game like that," said General Manager Dave Dombrowski. "They had their backs to the wall and ended up responding to it."
Justin Verlander, who won a fifth and deciding game in Oakland last year, will be on the mound Thursday night.
"It’s going to be something amazing. That place is crazy. They’re a great team. We’re a great team. It will be fun," said Scherzer.