Verlander Keeps Tigers Alive

DETROIT (AP) — The tune they’re singing in Motown is “Stayin’ Alive.” Because that’s just what the Detroit Tigers did by beating the Texas Rangers 7-5 in the fifth game of the American League Championship Series.

Verlander extended the Tigers’ season with a gutty 133-pitch effort over seven and a-third innings. He allowed four runs and eight hits, striking out eight. Phil Coke, filling in for resting closer Jose Valverde (val-VAYR’-day), got a five-out save. He allowed a solo home run by the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, who has three homers in the series and five in this postseason. It’s the second postseason victory for Verlander, who admitted after the game he wasn’t as sharp as he would have liked.

“Hopefully I have another start–Game One of the World Series,” Verlander said, adding he would be available out of the bullpen for Game 7, if necessary.

Alex Avila, DelmonYoung and Ryan Raburn all homered in support of Verlander, the regular-season 24-game winner and odds-on favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award.

The teams have a travel day Friday before resuming in Texas Saturday night. Derek Holland goes for the Rangers in Game 6 while Max Scherzer tries to even things up for the Tigers.

Source: Associated Press