The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 5-3 to tie their Major League Baseball playoff series at one game apiece, while the Milwaukee Brewers moved within a win of the National League Championship Series by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4.
Miguel Cabrera hit a home run and drove in three runs, Max Scherzer pitched six shutout innings and the Tigers withstood a ninth-inning rally at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Jose Valverde gave up two runs in the final inning before retiring Robinson Cano on a ground ball with two runners on base to end the game. Cano drove in six runs in the Yankees’ Game 1 win.
The Yankees had their record seven-game American League Division Series winning streak halted, after ALDS sweeps against Minnesota the previous two years and beating Detroit 9-3 last night in the series opener.
“We feel good,” Cabrera said. “We were looking to win one game over here and win the other ones at home.”
The Tigers will host Game 3 of the best-of-five series tomorrow at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Both teams will go with their No. 1 pitchers, with CC Sabathia starting for the Yankees against Detroit’s Justin Verlander, who led the AL with 24 wins. Sabathia, who was second in the league with 19 wins, threw two innings two days ago. Verlander pitched one before rain postponed Game 1.
The Brewers scored five runs in the sixth inning to snap a 4-4 tie at Miller Park in Milwaukee and take a 2-0 lead in their NL first-round series.
The Brewers scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler. Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan and Ryan Braun followed with run-scoring singles for the NL Central- champion Brewers, who won the opening game 4-1.
The best-of-five series shifts to Phoenix for Game 3 on Oct. 4. The Brewers hold a 2-0 lead in a postseason series for the first time in franchise history and would advance to the NLCS with one more win.
The Philadelphia Phillies are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals today in the other NL Division Series. The Phillies won yesterday’s opener 11-6.
The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 first-inning lead over the Yankees as Cabrera, who led the major leagues with a .344 batting average, hit an opposite-field homer off Freddy Garcia.
Cabrera and Victor Martinez added run-scoring singles in the top of the sixth inning off Garcia, who allowed six hits and didn’t walk a batter over 5 1/3 innings.
The AL East-champion Yankees, who were second in the majors in runs scored during the regular season, didn’t get a hit off Scherzer until Robinson Cano’s one-out single in the bottom of the sixth.
Scherzer was taken out after giving up a walk and single to start the seventh inning. Joaquin Benoit replaced him and retired the next three batters, including Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter on consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.
The Yankees’ first run came on a solo home run by Curtis Granderson leading off the eighth inning. The Tigers restored their four-run lead in the top of the ninth as Don Kelly singled in a run against New York reliever Luis Ayala.
Nick Swisher led off the ninth with a home run off Valverde, while Jorge Posada tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly. With rain intensifying, New York brought the winning run to the plate before Valverde, the Tigers’ closer, retired Cano to seal the victory.
The next two games will be played in Detroit and a decisive fifth game, if necessary, would be in New York. The Yankees said pitcher A.J. Burnett will start Game 4 on Oct. 4 against Detroit’s Rick Porcello.
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