The Detroit Tigers return home after a 5-3 victory against the New York Yankees that tied their Major League Baseball playoff series at one game apiece.
Miguel Cabrera hit a home run and drove in three runs, Max Scherzer allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and the Tigers withstood a ninth-inning rally yesterday at Yankee Stadium in New York.
“It feels good to get a win,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after his team ended the Yankees’ record seven-game American League Division Series winning streak. “It’s not easy to do what we did. The guys zeroed in pretty good. I’m awful proud of them.”
The St. Louis Cardinals evened their National League Division Series with the Phillies, erasing a 4-0 deficit in a 5-4 win last night in Philadelphia. The Milwaukee Brewers hold a 2-0 lead in a postseason series for the first time in their history after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 to move within a win of the NL Championship Series.
All first-round playoff series are best-of-five.
The Tigers host the Yankees today at Comerica Park in Detroit, where both teams will go with their No. 1 pitchers for Game 3. CC Sabathia starts 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 three days ago before rain postponed Game 1. Verlander pitched one inning in that game, throwing 27 pitches.
“They’re all big games at this point in the season,” said Sabathia, who has an 0-3 record with a 6.00 earned run average in three starts for the Yankees in Detroit. “I’ll try to go out and get off to a good start, pound the strike zone and hopefully pitch well.”
Rays Host Rangers
The Tampa Bay Rays host the Texas Rangers today in Game 3 of their AL first-round series, which is tied 1-1. The two NL series resume tomorrow in St. Louis and Phoenix.
The Tigers, sparked by Cabrera’s two-run first-inning home run, opened a 4-0 lead in New York and then held on for the victory. 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.
After solo home runs by Curtis Granderson in the eighth inning and Nick Swisher in the ninth, the Yankees pulled within 5-3 as Jorge Posada tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly against Jose Valverde.
With a steady rain falling, the Yankees brought the winning run to the plate before Valverde, the Tigers’ closer, retired Cano to seal the victory. Cano had driven in six runs during the Yankees’ 9-3 win in Game 1.
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.
Best of Three
“It’s a best-of-three now,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Cardinals recovered in Philadelphia last night as six relievers combined for six shutout innings after starting pitcher Chris Carpenter allowed four runs.
St. Louis scored three runs off Cliff Lee in the fourth inning and tied it in the sixth as John Jay delivered his second run-scoring single of the game. In the seventh, Allen Craig led off with a triple and scored on the single by Albert Pujols.
“To come back after Carpenter got in a little trouble in the first inning was so good,” Pujols said in a televised interview. “Now we’ll have the fans at our back and hopefully we can continue to play like this.”
The Cardinals host the next two games, with Game 3 scheduled for tomorrow and Game 4 the following day.
The Brewers scored five runs in the sixth inning yesterday to snap a 4-4 tie at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
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. Morgan’s hit drove in two runs.
“The Brewers have played well. You’ve got to give them credit at this point,” said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, whose team hosts Game 3 tomorrow and possibly Game 4 with a win. “We have been resilient all year, and we expect to come back and play well in our arena.”