Detroit Tigers Defeat Rangers, Trail Texas 2-1 in AL Championship Series

Doug Fister pitched 7 1/3 innings and the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 5-2 to pull within a game of the Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera hit solo home runs for the Tigers, who trail two games to one in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is today at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Fister allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three. Jose Valverde got the save, giving up one hit and striking out one in the ninth inning.

“They came out firing,” Fister said in a televised interview. “We stuck with our game plan.”

Ian Kinsler scored for Texas in the first inning on Josh Hamilton’s single.

Martinez hit a home run in the fourth, Cabrera drove in Austin Jackson with a double in the fifth and Peralta hit his homer in the sixth off starter Colby Lewis. Jackson also drove in a run in the sixth with a single off reliever Koji Uehara as the Tigers took a 4-1 lead.

Cabrera ended the Tigers’ scoring in the seventh with a home run, before Yorvit Torrealba crossed home plate on Kinsler’s groundout to second in the eighth for the Rangers.

Lewis surrendered four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and struck out six.

Texas won the first two games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, before the series shifted to Detroit for three games. If necessary, the teams will go back to Arlington this weekend.

The National League Championship Series is tied at one game apiece between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The teams play Game 3 tonight in St. Louis.

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