Tigers beat Athletics to force MLB game five
Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics on October 8, 2013 in Detroit
Game one winning pitcher Scherzer came out of the bullpen to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and Jackson snapped his hitting slump with a single to cap a two-run rally that gave the Tigers the lead for good after they trailed twice earlier in the game.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 and 4-3 in front of the crowd of 43,958 at Comerica Park but refused to give up as they set up a winner-take-all game five back on Thursday in Oakland.
Detroit's Victor Martinez also hit a game-tying leadoff home run in the seventh inning that was reviewed because a spectator reached over the railing and touched the ball.
Scherzer came on in relief of starting pitcher Doug Fister in the seventh inning. After Scherzer got out of his bases-loaded jam, the Tigers tacked on three runs in the bottom of the inning for some insurance.
They needed it in a drama-filled game four because Oakland made them work for the come-from-behind win.
The A's scored twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning against Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit. A's designated hitter Seth Smith then struck out to end the three and half hour game.
Right hander Fister allowed seven hits and three runs and struck out one batter in six innings of work. He won 14 games this season and had a 3.67 earned run average.
Oakland is seeking to earn their first trip to the Major League Baseball semi-finals since 2006 when they were swept by the Tigers.
The winner of Thursday's contest will face either the Boston Red Sox or the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League championship.
The teams stuck to baseball Tuesday, unlike game three when the benches emptied after A's pitcher Grant Balfour and Tigers batter Victor Martinez exchanges words and almost came to blows in front of the pitching mound.
Jed Lowrie clubbed a two-run homer and knocked in Oakland's first three runs as the A's compiled a 3-0 lead through the first 4 1/2 innings.
In the fifth inning, Tigers Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 3-3, who snapped a two-game losing skid.
Scherzer gave up a go-ahead run in the seventh but was credited with the win after pitching two innings for the Tigers who lost in the World Series last year to the San Francisco Giants.
Oakland rookie Dan Straily didn't give up a hit through four innings but he allowed Peralta's game-tying three-run homer in the fifth.
The 24-year-old right-hander had a 4-3 lead when he came out after six innings. He struck out eight, didn't walk a batter and gave up four hits.