Detroit 3, Oakland 0

Date - Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - O.co Coliseum
Temperature - 63°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - CB Bucknor, Left Field - Gary Darling, Right Field - Jim Reynolds
Attendance - 46959

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 93-69 51-30 42-39 W2
Oakland 96-66 52-29 44-37 L2

Recap


Tigers 3, Athletics 0:
Justin Verlander struck out 10 in eight dominant innings as visiting Detroit took the decisive Game 5 of the American League Division Series from Oakland.

Verlander (1-0) did not allow a baserunner until the sixth inning and maintained a no-hitter until Yoenis Cespedes’ one-out single in the seventh. The former Cy Young Award winner ended up allowing two hits while walking one and got all the help he needed from Miguel Cabrera, who belted a two-run homer as the Tigers advanced to their third straight AL Championship Series.

Omar Infante added an RBI and Victor Martinez had three hits for Detroit, which will begin the ALCS at Boston on Saturday. Sonny Gray (0-1) matched Verlander pitch-for-pitch in Game 2 but could not keep up that pace again as he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

Gray kept Detroit hitless until the fourth, when Torii Hunter singled to center with one out. Cabrera followed by blasting a 1-0 fastball out to left field for his first home run of the postseason and first extra-base hit since Sept. 17. The Tigers tacked on a run on Infante’s RBI groundout in the sixth.

Verlander struck out Stephen Vogt with a runner on to end the eighth and Detroit turned it over to closer Joaquin Benoit in the ninth. The right-hander yielded a two-out double by Jed Lowrie and hit Cespedes with a pitch before getting Seth Smith to fly out to earn his second save of the series.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Verlander has gone 30 straight scoreless innings against the Athletics in the ALDS dating back to last season, the longest scoreless-innings streak against one team in postseason history. … Oakland struck out an ALDS-record 57 times in the series, besting the mark of 55 set by the 2010 Texas Rangers. … The Athletics totaled three runs in their three home games in the series but 12 in two contests at Detroit.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Oakland
Justin Verlander Player Sonny Gray
Win W/L Loss
8.0 IP 5.0
10 Strikeouts 3
2 Hits 6
0.00 ERA 5.40
Hitting
Detroit   Oakland
Victor Martinez Player Josh Reddick
3 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 1
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 8 1 11 .235 16 6 3 5 0 0
Oakland 3 0 4 .100 6 11 0 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Tigers have a W/L % of .559 after a win and .588 after a loss.