2013 American League Division Series
The 2013 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the teams that will participate in the 2013 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3 based on record) and a fourth team — the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff — played in two series. TBS carried most of the games, with some on MLB Network.
These matchups were:
- (1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions, 97–65) vs. (5) Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card winner, 92–71): Red Sox win series, 3–1.
- (2) Oakland Athletics (West Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 93–69): Tigers win series, 3–2.
This was the 2nd time the Rays and Red Sox have faced each other in the postseason. The only other time was the 2008 ALCS which was won by the Rays 4 games to 3.
This was the 4th time the Tigers and the A's have faced each other in the postseason. The Tigers and the A's faced each other in the 1972 ALCS (A's won 3–2), in the 2006 ALCS (Tigers won 4–0) and in the 2012 ALDS (Tigers won 3–2).
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Boston won the series, 3–1.
|1||October 4||Tampa Bay Rays – 2, Boston Red Sox – 12||Fenway Park||3:33||38,177|
|2||October 5||Tampa Bay Rays – 4, Boston Red Sox – 7||Fenway Park||3:14||38,705|
|3||October 7||Boston Red Sox – 4, Tampa Bay Rays – 5||Tropicana Field||4:19||33,675|
|4||October 8||Boston Red Sox – 3, Tampa Bay Rays – 1||Tropicana Field||3:49||32,807|
Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers
Detroit won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 4||Detroit Tigers – 3, Oakland Athletics – 2||O.co Coliseum||3:24||48,401|
|2||October 5||Detroit Tigers – 0, Oakland Athletics – 1||O.co Coliseum||3:23||48,292|
|3||October 7||Oakland Athletics – 6, Detroit Tigers – 3||Comerica Park||3:32||43,973|
|4||October 8||Oakland Athletics – 6, Detroit Tigers – 8||Comerica Park||3:25||43,958|
|5||October 10||Detroit Tigers – 3, Oakland Athletics – 0||O.co Coliseum||3:20||46,959|
Boston vs. Tampa Bay
Game 1, October 4
| WP: Jon Lester (1–0) LP: Matt Moore (0–1)|
TB: Sean Rodriguez (1), Ben Zobrist (1)
The Red Sox had a shaky opening in Game 1, with Jon Lester surrendering solo home runs to Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist. However, the Red Sox' offense ignited in the bottom of the fourth inning, with several doubles combining with poor Tampa Bay fielding to stitch together a five-run inning. Boston then added three more in the bottom of the fifth and four more in the bottom of the eighth. Jon Lester pitched 72⁄3 innings, having surrendered only three hits and two earned runs. Junichi Tazawa and Ryan Dempster provided effective relief pitching in the eighth and ninth to seal the Game 1 victory for the Red Sox.
This was the first postseason win for the Red Sox since Game 6 of the 2008 ALCS; that win had also come against the Rays.
Game 2, October 5
| WP: John Lackey (1–0) LP: David Price (0–1) Sv: Koji Uehara (1)|
BOS: David Ortiz 2 (2)
Game 2 featured a match up between David Price, and John Lackey. In the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a blooper-single before stealing second and moving to third on a missed throw-out attempt. Dustin Pedroia got the sac-fly to bring him home. Ortiz, who had never hit a homer off Price, hit a solo home run into the bullpen to give the Red Sox an early 2–0 lead. The next inning, Tampa hit a sac fly of their own to make it 2–1. In the fifth, Tampa was trailing 5–1 before Loney hit a two-run double to make it 5–3. In the bottom of the fifth, Boston would however get their three run lead back on a Pedroia line drive double that scored Ellsbury from first. In the bottom eighth while it was still a two-run game, David Ortiz hit a deep solo homer. Lackey allowed four runs while coming through in clutch situations to keep the Sox in the lead throughout the game. According to Joe Maddon after the game, Price did not pitch badly even though he gave up seven earned runs. During Price's post-game interview, he claimed it was a lucky win for the Sox.
Game 3, October 7
| WP: Fernando Rodney (1–0) LP: Koji Uehara (0–1)|
TB: Evan Longoria (1), José Lobatón (1)
Dustin Pedroia started with an RBI ground out in the 1st which scored Jacoby Ellsbury. In the top of the fifth a wild pitch to Pedroia scored Ellsbury and David Ortiz got an RBI single to score Shane Victorino in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth Evan Longoria hit a 3 run home run to tie the Red Sox at three. Tampa Bay's José Lobatón hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning beyond the center-field wall to beat the Red Sox 5–4 and keep the series alive. This was the Ray's first postseason win at home since Game 2 of the 2008 World Series
Game 4, October 8
|WP: Craig Breslow (1–0) LP: Jake McGee (0–1) Sv: Koji Uehara (2)|
Craig Breslow came out of the bullpen to send the Red Sox into the AL championship series for the first time in five years. Breslow relieved Red Sox starter Jake Peavy in the sixth inning and struck out his first four batters. With the series win, the Red Sox improved to 6–4 all-time in ALDS play; the Rays fell to 1–3.
Composite line score
|Tampa Bay Rays||0||2||0||1||5||2||0||1||1||12||29||3|
|Boston Red Sox||3||0||2||6||6||0||2||5||2||26||38||0|
|Total attendance: 143,364 Average attendance: 35,841|
Oakland vs. Detroit
Game 1, October 4
| WP: Max Scherzer (1–0) LP: Bartolo Colón (0–1) Sv: Joaquín Benoit (1)|
OAK: Yoenis Céspedes (1)
Bartolo Colón surrendered three runs in the first inning. After a double by Austin Jackson, Colon hit Torii Hunter with a pitch and Miguel Cabrera followed with an RBI single that sent Hunter to third. Prince Fielder grounded into a double play, with Hunter scoring on the play. After a Victor Martínez double, Alex Avila grounded a seeing-eye single to right, which gave Detroit an early 3–0 lead. Max Scherzer struck out 11 and gave up one hit through the first six innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Yoenis Céspedes hit a two-run home run to trim the Tigers lead to 3–2. Joaquín Benoit got Josh Donaldson to pop out to first to end the eighth inning, and he then struck out the side in the ninth to close out the win. A's hitters fanned 16 times off three Tigers pitchers.
Game 2, October 5
|WP: Grant Balfour (1–0) LP: Al Alburquerque (0–1)|
Game 2 was a fierce pitching duel between both teams. Oakland Athletics rookie starter Sonny Gray matched Detroit Tigers veteran Justin Verlander with eight shutout innings and nine strikeouts. Verlander was dominant as well, with seven shutout innings and 11 strikeouts. Both teams' bullpens carried the game scoreless into the bottom of the ninth. A's leadoff batter Yoenis Céspedes started the inning with a ground ball single into left field. Seth Smith followed up with a ground ball single into right field, moving Céspedes over to third base. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque then intentionally walked Josh Reddick to load the bases. With no outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alburquerque was lifted for Rick Porcello. A's catcher Stephen Vogt greeted Porcello with a line-drive single to left field, driving in Céspedes for the walk off win and tying the series at one game apiece.
Game 3, October 7
| WP: Jarrod Parker (1–0) LP: Aníbal Sánchez (0–1) Sv: Grant Balfour (1)|
OAK: Josh Reddick (1), Brandon Moss (1), Seth Smith (1)
The A's scored six runs (five earned) off 2013 AL ERA leader Aníbal Sánchez. The first run was unearned, when Yoenis Céspedes hit a sharp grounder to third that Miguel Cabrera mishandled for an error, allowing Coco Crisp to score from second. In the top of the fourth, Josh Reddick led off with a home run. Stephen Vogt followed with a triple, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Crisp, making the score 3–0. The Tigers tied the game off Jarrod Parker in the bottom of the fourth, on an RBI double by Victor Martínez and a two-run single by Jhonny Peralta. This ended a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings by A's pitchers. The A's quickly went back on top by three runs in the fifth, on a solo homer from Brandon Moss and a two-run shot by Seth Smith. In the bottom of the ninth inning, A's pitcher Grant Balfour got into a heated argument with Detroit batter Víctor Martínez. The argument included a profane exchange between Martinez and Balfour, caught by MLB Network's on-field microphones, and caused the benches to empty. No injuries were reported and no ejections were made because of the incident, and Balfour went on to earn the save. Because MLB Network is a cable channel not under FCC purview, no action could be taken against them, though the game announcers apologized for the profanity shortly after.
Game 4, October 8
| WP: Max Scherzer (2–0) LP: Sean Doolittle (0–1)|
OAK: Jed Lowrie (1)
DET: Jhonny Peralta (1), Víctor Martínez (1)
The A's took another early lead on the Tigers, when Coco Crisp led off the game with a triple off Doug Fister and scored on a Jed Lowrie single. The A's extended the lead to 3–0 in the top of the fifth, when Lowrie hit a two-run homer to right field. It looked like the Tiger hitters, who had struggled to put up runs all series long, were on their way to another frustrating evening when starter Dan Straily no-hit them through the first four innings. But Prince Fielder led off the bottom of the fifth with a bloop single to left, Victor Martínez grounded a single to right, and Jhonny Peralta followed with a three-run homer to left to tie the game. Tiger manager Jim Leyland went to Game 1 starter Max Scherzer as a reliever in the top of the seventh, and Oakland promptly went up 4–3 when Coco Crisp drove in Stephen Vogt with a single. On a controversial play, the Tigers managed to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, when Victor Martínez hit the ball to the right-center field wall and a fan reached into the field of play and disrupted its trajectory. The call on the field was a home run for Martínez. Umpires reviewed the play because the fan had clearly interfered with the path of the ball, but they let the home run stand after concluding that there was not enough video evidence to determine if right fielder Josh Reddick would have made a leaping catch. Later in the inning, Austin Jackson gave the Tigers a 5–4 lead on a broken-bat RBI single that scored pinch runner Andy Dirks. Scherzer nearly gave the lead back when he loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth, but he struck out Reddick and Vogt before getting pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo on a line out to center. The Tigers got three additional runs in the bottom of the inning, when pinch runner Hernán Pérez scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Brett Anderson, and Omar Infante followed with a two-run double to make the score 8–4. The A's made it interesting in the top of the ninth, getting the tying run to the plate after a two-run single by Yoenis Céspedes, but Joaquín Benoit struck out Seth Smith to prevent any further damage.
Game 5, October 10
| WP: Justin Verlander (1–0) LP: Sonny Gray (0–1) Sv: Joaquín Benoit (2)|
DET: Miguel Cabrera (1)
Having used Max Scherzer in relief during Game 4, Jim Leyland sent Game 2 starter Justin Verlander to the hill. A's manager Bob Melvin also chose to go with his Game 2 starter, Sonny Gray, who had befuddled the Tigers for eight shutout innings earlier in the series. Gray looked solid again, surrendering only a walk through the first three innings. Torii Hunter got the Tigers' first hit in the fourth, a one-out single up the middle, then Gray made a mistake on an inside fastball to Miguel Cabrera that the slugger hit for a two-run homer to left. It was Cabrera's first extra-base hit of the series and only his second home run since August. The Tigers got a third run with one out in the sixth inning. With runners on first and third, Omar Infante hit a potential inning-ending double play ball to third off reliever Dan Otero, but Josh Donaldson bounced his throw to second baseman Alberto Callaspo. Callaspo corralled the ball for a force out but had no chance to get Infante at first, and Victor Martínez scored on the play. Verlander, who threw a four-hit shutout in Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS, also in Oakland, was brilliant again. He retired the first 16 Oakland batters before giving up a one-out walk to Josh Reddick in the sixth inning. He lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh, when Yoenis Céspedes hit a hard single to center, but escaped the inning with no damage. Verlander would leave after eight shutout innings, surrendering two hits and one walk, while striking out ten. Closer Joaquín Benoit surrendered a two-out double to Jed Lowrie and hit Céspedes with a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate for the second straight game. But he got Seth Smith to fly out to short right field, ending the game and the series.
Verlander's effort gave him 30 straight scoreless innings against the A's in the playoffs, breaking the record for scoreless innings against one team in the postseason set by Christy Mathewson (28). The A's also struck out 57 times in the series, breaking the old record for a best-of-five playoff series of 55 strikeouts set by the 2010 Tampa Bay Rays. Both Austin Jackson of the Tigers and Brandon Moss of the A's fanned 13 times in the series, setting an ALDS record for an individual player.
The Tigers made it to the ALCS for the third straight season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1998–2001 New York Yankees made four straight appearances. The Athletics have now lost their last six winner-take-all Game 5s, the last two at the hands of the Tigers (2012 and 2013). They are now 1–12 in playoff-clinching games since 2000, the only win coming in 2006 when they swept the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.
Composite line score
|Total attendance: 231,583 Average attendance: 46,316|
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