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UPDATE: Giants Beat Reds 6-4, Advance to National League Play-off

Giants jump ahead on Posey grand slam, relief pool sticks it out for tense victory. Tonight, A's prepare to surprise Detroit again.

 

Bay Area sports fans are glued to TVs, radios, computers and smartphones today, keeping tabs on pivotal elimination games for both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's.

If you can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream online at mlb.com for $4.99.

The Giants took the field at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati this morning to face the Reds in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The game started out as a pitcher's duel between the Giant's Matt Cain and Cincinnati pitcher Mat Latos.

Then the Giants drew "first blood," scoring six times in the 5th inning, including a grand slam by Buster Posey.

The Giants took a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning, and in the bottom of that inning the Reds added a run to the total. But it wasn't enough.

On Wednesday, the Giants beat the Reds 8-3 to force today's game. Tim Lincecum came out of the bullpen to claim the win.

After dropping the first two games of the series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, putting themselves on the brink of elimination, the Giants have won two in a row in Cincinnati.

For the Athletics, today's game is no less important, a win-or-go home game against the Detroit Tigers, as it is for all four teams today. The A's shocked the Tigers with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory yesterday.

The winner of today's game will advance to the National League Championship Series.

From Bay City News Service and other sources

Are you following the games? Add your on-going comments below as you watch or listen.

Christian Kallen October 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Real nail-biter of a game. Giants take 6-3 lead into the ninth...
Louisa Hufstader October 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Whole lotta honking on the streets of San Francisco - We can hear it from our meeting room on the 23rd floor!

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