Magglio Ordonez has powered the Detroit Tigers into the World Series. Ordonez blasted a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 6-to-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Oakland in the American League Championship Series. Craig Monroe and Placido Polanco kept the inning alive with two-out singles before Ordonez put the Tigers into the World Series against either St. Louis or the New York Mets.
Ordonez also tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth, one inning after the Tigers scored twice to make it 3-to-2. Curtis Granderson doubled home Detroit's first run and scored on Craig Monroe's two-bagger later in the fifth. Jay Payton's solo homer gave the Athletics a 3-to-0 lead in the fourth. Milton Bradley and Eric Chavez laced RBI doubles in the first. Wilfredo Ledezma picked up the win while Huston Street took the loss. The Tigers hadn't won an American League pennant in 22 years. It comes just three years after the team set a league record with 119 losses.