Tigers Stay Alive, Hold Off Rangers 7-5

Rangers' lead cut to 3-2 in AL championship series

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:11 PM PDT
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Delmon Young #21 and Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after Young's two-run home run in the sixth inning of Game Five.

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Justin Verlander helped save Detroit's season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away from Texas in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

Miguel Cabrera had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning — thanks to a bizarre bounce off third base — and the Tigers held off Texas despite Nelson Cruz's record fifth home run of the series.

With closer Jose Valverde unavailable for Detroit, the Rangers cut it to 7-5 in the ninth and had Cruz on deck when Phil Coke retired Mike Napoli on a game-ending groundout with two runners on.

The Rangers get another chance to reach the World Series for the second straight season in Game 6 Saturday night at home.

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