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2013 MLB Postseason: Biggest Takeaways from All of Monday's ALDS, NLDS Action

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2013 MLB Postseason: Biggest Takeaways from All of Monday's ALDS, NLDS Action
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Monday was an exciting day for baseball fans, as all four divisional playoff games proved to be close affairs.

Heading into Monday, the ALDS and NLDS were reaching critical points, with the Cardinals, Braves and Rays all entering the day facing elimination games. 

In the first game of the busy day, the Oakland A's crushed three home runs to power their way to a 6-3 victory and 2-1 series lead over the Tigers in Detroit.

The Cardinals then beat the Pirates 2-1 to force a decisive Game 5. The Cards only had three hits, but rookie starter Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth, and the Bucs were held to one hit (a home run by Pedro Alvarez).

The Rays had an exciting win to stave off elimination, as Jose Lobaton's walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 win over Boston. The Red Sox still lead the series 2-1, but will now being facing a Rays team riding high after an improbable comeback.

The Dodgers made sure the Braves would not be hosting a Game 5, as Juan Uribe's two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference in a 4-3 win to wrap up the day.

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