The Detroit Tigers were playing for their playoff lives Tuesday night. A loss would have put them down in the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers three games to none. After allowing 3 straight singles putting the Rangers up 1-0 in the first, Detroit starter Doug Fister settled down, not allowing Texas another run until the eighth inning. Fister was lights out in this one going 7.1 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs (both earned), walked none and struck out three. Offensively, the Tigers were able to get big hits when needed, something they were unable to do previously. The Tigers hit three home runs in the game; Victor Martinez went yard in the fourth, Jhonny Peralta homered in the sixth and Miguel Cabera belted one in the seventh. However, Martinez appeared to injure an oblique during his home run swing, making his status tomorrow uncertain.
Great Stats of the Game:
- Texas starter Colby Lewis came in to the game with 4-0 record in the postseason with a 1.67 era.
- Tigers closer Jose Valverde has now converted 52 saves in 52 chances this year.
- The Rangers were 1-10 Tuesday night with runners in scoring position.
- The Rangers four through seven hitters were 0-15 at the plate.
These same teams will be back in action Wednesday afternoon in Detroit. Matt Harrison will take the mound for the Rangers and face-off against Rick Porcello of the Tigers.
Tuesday, October 11th, Comerica Park – Detroit, Michigan
Texas 2, Detroit 5
(WP: Fister) (LP: Lewis) (SV: Valverde)
Texas leads the best of seven series two games to one.
The Good in Sports congratulates the Tigers for their game three win and wishes all teams the best of luck.
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