After dropping the first two games of the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers were left for dead by quite a few people. Although each of the first two games came down to the wire, all of the momentum was on the Texas Rangers' side, and it seemed like the Tigers bandwagon was starting to empty.
On Tuesday night in Detroit, the Tigers had a message for their doubters, and it was quite simple: This series isn't over yet.
The Tigers' offense finally caught fire after struggling in the first two games of the ALCS. Victor Martinez got the scoring started with a solo home run in the fourth, and Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera each added solo shots later in the game. Cabrera's homer was his second RBI of the night, as he doubled in Austin Jackson with two outs in the fifth inning for his first. Jackson had an RBI as well thanks to a two-out single in the sixth.
The Tigers' three home runs and pair of clutch two-out hits combined with a stellar performance by Doug Fister gave them a 5-2 win. It didn't look good early with Fister allowing three straight singles and a run in the first inning, but he settled down and pitched magnificently, going 7.1 innings and allowing only seven hits and two runs.
The Tigers bullpen also did quite well. Joaquin Benoit did allow an inherited runner to score, but he didn't surrender any hits. Jose Valverde gave up a lead-off double to Josh Hamilton in the ninth, but he shut down the next three batters to finish off the Rangers.
Detroit now trails the Rangers in the ALCS by two games to one. The Tigers can even the series up with a win on Wednesday afternoon when Rick Porcello takes the hill. First pitch is set for 4:19 p.m.