Alex Avila home run extends Tigers lead

A fifth inning solo blast by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila off Oakland Athletics starter Jarrod Parker extended the Tigers' lead to 3-1 over the A's in Game 1 of their American League Division Series. The score remains 3-1 in the eighth inning.

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Justin Verlander struck out 11 A's in seven innings of work for the Tigers. Verlander was relieved by Joaquin Benoit, who almost gave up a game-trying home run to Brandon Moss.

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