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Giants, A's win to stay alive in playoffs

CINCINNATI -- The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics pulled out the wins they needed on Tuesday to stay alive in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

The Bay Area rivals both put on impressive defensive displays, with the Giants edging the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 in 10 innings while the A's beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0. That cut the deficit in their respective best-of-five division series to 2-1.

Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen made an error with two outs in the 10th inning to gift San Francisco the all-important victory.

Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove winner for fielding excellence, couldn't come up with Joaquin Arias' short-hop grounder, bobbled it and threw late to first, allowing the winning run to score.

The Reds still haven't won a home playoff game since 1995, the last time they reached the National League championship series.

The Giants managed only three hits all game, but got two of them in the 10th — along with a passed ball — to pull out a victory. San Francisco won despite striking out 16 times.

Cincinnati finished with four hits, just one after the first inning. Brandon Phillips led off with a single, but was thrown out at third when he tried to advance on a ball that got away from Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Reds went on to score on a walk and a pair of singles, including Jay Bruce's RBI.

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tags out Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips at third base in the first inning during Game 3 of the National League Division Series in Cincinnati, Tuesday. (AFP/AP)

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