MLB Wednesday Takeaways: A's force Game 4 with Astros; Braves push Marlins to brink

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It’s another four-game day in the MLB playoffs with every division series in action again on Wednesday. The Atlanta Braves got things started with a victory over the Miami Marlins. Then the Oakland Athletics averted a sweep by the Houston Astros. What will happen as the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays battle for an ALDS edge and the Los Angeles Dodgers try to take another step toward reaching the NLCS when they meet the San Diego Padres?

Here are the stars, turning points and takeaways from each of Wednesday’s games as they conclude.

Key links: Ranking the remaining teams | Guide to bubble ballparks | Schedule, bracket

Jump to … HOU-OAK | MIA-ATL

Oakland A’s 9, Houston Astros 7

What it means: An A’s team that entered Wednesday 1-29 when trailing by at least three runs after the sixth inning in postseason games came back to beat the Astros and save their season under that very scenario — and now is when things get interesting.

The A’s used their closer, Liam Hendriks, to record the final nine outs of Game 3 and lost second baseman Tommy La

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