Australian pitcher Liam Hendriks starred as his Oakland Athletics beat Houston Astros to stave off elimination in game three of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series.
Oakland rallied from a 7-4 deficit, hitting five unanswered home runs to claim a 9-7 comeback victory at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium.
The A's now trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series after the Astros won 10-5 in game one and 5-2 in game two.
Hendriks, who didn't pitch in either of the first two games, pitched the final three innings of game three to earn the victory.
The 31-year-old struck out four Astros batters without issuing a walk, gave up no runs and one hit and recorded 26 strikes from 37 pitches in a clutch performance.
"We're just excited," Hendriks said.
"We've got our backs against the wall and this is when we play our best baseball.
"Hopefully we can knock out the next two (games) and we're talking for another few days."
Oakland took an early 4-2 lead but gave that away in the fifth innings, where Houston hit five runs to take an ominous 7-4 lead.
The A's tied things up in the seventh innings when Chad Pinder hit a three-run home run, with scores locked as Hendriks entered the play.
The Australian kept scores locked after the seventh innings and Oakland snatched a two-run lead in the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, Houston had runners on second and third base with two outs, but Hendriks struck out pinch-hitter Josh Reddick with a superb fastball to maintain the two-run lead - with Reddick snapping his bat over his knee in frustration.
In the bottom of the ninth innings, Hendriks dispatched George Springer (strike out), Jose Altuve (pop out) and Michael Brantley (fly out) to close out the victory.
Game four will kick off on Friday morning, Australian time.
The winner of the series progresses to the American League Championship Series, with the victor of that best-of-seven playoff heading to the World Series.