Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Verlander watched the ball skip into
center field, walked to the back of the mound and clapped his glove together,
calling for it back.
His no-hit bid broken up by Yoenis Cespedes' two-out single in the seventh
inning, Verlander went back to work.
The right-hander gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings Thursday night
and the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 to reach the American
League Championship Series for the third straight year.
Game 5 of the ALDS was a rematch of Game 2, but this time Verlander (1-0) got
the better of A's rookie Sonny Gray.
Miguel Cabrera's first home run in more than three weeks -- a two-run shot in
the fourth off Gray (0-1) -- was all the offense Detroit needed with Verlander
on the mound.
He struck out 10 and walked one, throwing 76 of his 111 pitches for strikes.
and allowed just two singles. With two outs in the ninth, Joaquin Benoit gave
up a double to Jed Lowrie and hit Cespedes to bring up the tying run, but Seth
Smith flied out to end the game.
The Tigers reached the ALCS for the fourth time in eight seasons. They are the
first team to make three straight ALCS appearances since the Yankees won four
straight AL pennants from 1998-2001.
They will face the Red Sox on the road in Game 1 Saturday night at Fenway Park
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