OAKLAND, Calif. — Brett Anderson outdueled fellow playoff first-timer Anibal Sanchez and received stellar defense all over the diamond, and the upstart Oakland Athletics avoided another playoff sweep by Detroit, beating the Tigers 2-0 Tuesday night in their AL division series.

The A's cut their deficit in the best-of-five matchup to 2-1.

Coco Crisp saved a likely home run by Prince Fielder with a leaping catch at the top of the center-field wall in the second – and the A's will play another day in this improbable season full of remarkable rallies.

Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI single in the first inning and Seth Smith homered later. That was plenty on a night Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Fielder and the Tigers' high-priced offense were shut down by the low-budget A's.

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  • Derek Norris

    Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics is tagged out by Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers trying to steal second base in the third inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics breaks up a double play attempt by Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Cliff Pennington

    Cliff Pennington #2 congratulates Seth Smith #15 of the Oakland Athletics after Smith hits a solo homerun in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the dugout after grounding out in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the mound after giving up a solo homerun to Seth Smith #15 of the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Cliff Pennington

    Cliff Pennington #2 of the Oakland Athletics turns a double play as Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers slides into second base in the third inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Seth Smith

    Seth Smith #15 of the Oakland Athletics hits a solo homerun in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Jhonny Peralta

    Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers slides into second base and is out as Cliff Pennington #2 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base trying to turn a double play in the fifth inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after striking out in the sixth inning as Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics walks back to the dugout during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Sean Doolittle

    Sean Doolittle #62 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Gerald Laird

    Gerald Laird #9, Miguel Cabrera #24 and Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers speak on the mound during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers gestures as he leaves the game in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Ryan Cook

    Ryan Cook #48 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics breaks up a double play attempt by Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

  • Oakland Athletics

    An Oakland Athletics fan holds up a sign during batting practice before Game 3 of the Athletics' American League baseball division series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Oakland Athletics

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Oakland Athletics

    Oakland Athletics fans hold up a sign reading "Kiss the Bat" before Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Coco Crisp

    Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp (4) celebrates after scoring on a single by Yoenis Cespedes during the first inning of Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Brett Anderson

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Coco Crisp

    Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder during the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch in the first inning of Game 3 of the Tigers' American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Yoenis Cespedes

    Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes swings on a single that scored Coco Crisp in the first inning of Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Yoenis Cespedes

    Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes swings on a single that scored Coco Crisp in the first inning of Game 3 of the Athletics' American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Jhonny Peralta

    Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta slides after being forced out at second as Oakland Athletics shortstop Stephen Drew throws to first but too late for a double play on Andy Dirks in the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch in the first inning of Game 3 of the Tigers' American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Prince Fielder

    Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder watches a long fly ball which Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp caught for the out in the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Coco Crisp

    Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder during the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Prince Fielder

    Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder returns to the dugout after Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp made a catch at the top of the wall for the out on a ball hit by Fielder in the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Cliff Pennington

    Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington misses a grounder hit by Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta in the seventh inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Peralta singled on the play.

  • Brett Anderson

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson pumps his fist after Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante hit into a double play to end the top of the third inning during Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Derek Norris

    Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris is tagged out by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, left, during the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Cliff Pennington

    Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington, left, throws to first after forcing out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta at second in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Avisail Garcia was safe at first.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, left, breaks up a double play attempt by Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante in the second inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Derek Norris was safe at first.

  • Stephen Drew

    Oakland Athletics shortstop Stephen Drew throws out Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder in the fourth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Seth Smith

    Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith celebrates his solo home run in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Cliff Pennington

    Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington, left, throws to first after forcing out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta at second in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Avisail Garcia was safe at first.

  • Seth Smith

    Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith watches his solo home run in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Anibal Sanchez

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez hangs his head as Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith rounds the bases on a solo home run in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Seth Smith

    Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith celebrates his solo home run in the fifth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Jhonny Peralta

    Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta breaks his bat on a single in the seventh inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws his bat after striking out to end the top of the sixth inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Ryan Cook

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Ryan Cook throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera catches a ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith in foul territory in the seventh inning of Game 3 of an American League division baseball series in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.