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2012 MLB Playoffs: Giants, Athletics avoid elimination

A recap of Tuesday's ALDS and NLDS games.

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The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds had a chance to sweep their respective series on Tuesday. Unfortunately for both clubs, they will have to wait another day to advance to the ALCS/NLCS following big wins from the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

The Reds and Giants went into extra innings tied 1-1 at Great American Ballpark. In the 10th, the Giants put two runners on to begin the inning. Two strikeouts and a wild pitch put two in scoring position with Joaquin Arias as the final hope. Arias chopped a ball to third baseman Scott Rolen. Rolen misplayed the ball, and by the time he fired to first Arias had already reached safely. San Francisco took a 2-1 lead and Sergio Romo pitched a perfect 10th to secure the Giants first win of the postseason.

The A's played about as perfect of a game as you can play. Brett Anderson was strong over six innings on the mound. Coco Crisp made an incredible leaping catch at the wall to rob Prince Fielder of a home run that would have tied the game early. The club scored two early runs and that was more than enough for Anderson and Oakland's bullpen as they went on to win 2-0.

All four postseason series will have a game played on Wednesday. The Reds and Tigers will look to clinch, while the Cardinals/Nationals and Orioles/Yankees are all tied at 1-1.