It seems like home cooking was all the Detroit Tigers needed to make this Texas rout a competitive series as the Tigers got one game closer to evening this series with a 5-2 win Tuesday night. Doug Fister, the Yankee killer from a round ago, took the mound for Detroit and overcame a shaky first inning to help secure the win. Fister allowed two runs and seven hits with no walks in 7 1/3 innings.
"In and out, moving the ball around, moving the ball both sides of the plate," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said of Fister. "I thought it was a pitching clinic."
The Tigers also were uplifted by Victor Martinez, who hit a game tying home run in the fourth and injured himself in the process. Martinez injured his ribcage with the hit but gritted his teeth and refused to come out of the game, toughing it out for his fellow Tigers.
"You know what? This is us," Leyland said. "We are what we are. We've been doing this for the whole year, and we're going to either win this thing or go down with what we got."
The Tigers were able to get to the Rangers right hander Colby Lewis for four runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings and that proved to be more than Fister needed to secure the win.
"He throws strikes and every now and then he's going to give up some long balls. I thought it was a pretty good ballgame," Texans Manager Ron Washington said. "He kept us in the ballgame. It was Fister that did the job out there tonight."
Game four is this afternoon and will pit a pair of pitchers that went 14-9 this season, Rick Porcello of the Tigers and Matt Harrison of the Rangers.
National League Playoff Update.
Milwaukee Travels to St. Louis for game 3 tonight at 8:05 pm est.
The series is tied 1-1.