Gray carved out an Oakland legacy in his playoff debut. He became the second pitcher in Athletics history with at least eight innings pitched, nine strikeouts and four hits or less in a postseason game. The other was Chief Bender, in Game 2 of the 1905 World Series.

Saturday's victory put the A's one step closer to overcoming a Game 1 loss to win a postseason series. They have done that only three times in 13 previous attempts — against the New York Giants in the 1911 World Series, and against the Baltimore Orioles in the 1973 and 1974 American League Championship Series.

Gray became the sixth rookie pitcher in A's history to start a postseason game. Three of the other five did it last year, with Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin making starts against the Tigers in the 2012 ALDS.

At 23 years, 332 days, Gray became the fourth-youngest starter in franchise history after Vida Blue (22 years, 67 days in the 1971 ALCS), Barry Zito (22 years, 147 days in the 2000 ALDS) and Parker (23 years, 317 days) last year.

Game 3 is Monday in Detroit, with Parker going up against the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez.