A's drop second playoff game to Detroit

  • Detroit Tigers' pinch runner Don Kelly, right, is met at the dugout by teammate Alex Avila after scoring on a wild pitch by Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Cook during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League division baseball series, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT — After letting three different leads slip away Sunday, the A's had plenty to occupy their mind on a long flight back to Oakland.

The only idea that matters at this point: Finding a way to claw back into this American League Divisional Series after an emotional 5-4 loss in Game 2 to the Detroit Tigers.

Where to begin to describe what took place in front of 40,684 towel-waving fans at Comerica Park?

The A's scored first and then commanded two late-inning leads that they couldn't protect. They trail 2-0 in this best-of-five series that resumes Tuesday at the Coliseum. The A's have faced 2-0 deficits in seven postseason series in their history. They have never come back to win.

"We just need to win a game," manager Bob Melvin said. "If you start thinking about three games ahead, then you lose your focus on Tuesday's game."

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