The Texas Rangers look to clinch their second consecutive trip to the World Series on Thursday at Comerica Park. Unfortunately, they have to go through star pitcher Justin Verlander.
Texas grabbed a 3-1 lead over Detroit with another extra-inning win, and another home run from slugger Nelson Cruz in Game 4.
Ace C.J. Wilson will take the mound for Texas, coming off a performance in Game 1 when he went just 4.2 innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits (plus five walks).
Will the Rangers send the Tiger home? Or will Verlander and Detroit keep the series alive with a win at home?
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Coke gets Napoli to ground out to 2B to END THE GAME. Tigers win 7-5!
Coke walks Beltre! Now with men on first and second, Mike Napoli represents the go-ahead run at the plate. This doesn't look good for the Tigers..
Young singles to right field and Hamilton scores. Now Beltre is up and he represents the tying run. Coke will stay in. 7-5 Tigers.
Josh Hamilton hits a double off the center field wall. Michael Young coming up.
Andrus hits a slow grounder back to Coke, who throws him out at first. One more out!
Leyland has left Phil Coke in and the reliever gets Ian Kinsler to fly out to center to start the top of the ninth. 2 batters to go.
Rangers batters coming up: Kinsler, Andrus and Hamilton.
Avila hits a grounder to 1B Napoli, who moved from catcher when Torrealba came in. Napoli easily turned the double play to end the inning. We're going to the ninth!
Brandon Inge swings at the first pitch and singles to left field.
Texas reliever Mike Adams replaces Gonzalez and strikes out Peralta to start the bottom of the eighth.
Tigers Batters: Peralta, Inge, Avila.
Coke gets pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to strike out swinging to end the inning.
Murphy hits a slow roller back to Coke, who throws him out at first. 2 outs.
Phil Coke replaces Verlander.
|@ matthewbmowery : Nelson Cruz is the first NL/AL player to hit 5 HRs in a single LCS. #Tigers|
And who other than Nelson Cruz. The Rangers slugger crushes a 2-run homer to left field to cut the lead to 7-4. That's it for Verlander. He walks off the field with a huge standing ovation.
Napoli singles to left. Verlander is at 130 pitches.
And he's still dealing. Just struck out Adrian Beltre swinging for his eighth K of the game.
Don Kelly pinch-hits for Delmon Young and flies out to right to end the inning. DUE UP FOR TEXAS: Beltre, Napoli, Cruz.
Michael Gonzalez replaces Uehara.
Victor Martinez flies out to the infield. 2 outs.
Uehara walks Miguel Cabrera on five pitches.
Raburn swings at the first pitch and hits a solo homer to right. Now it's 7-2 TIGERS!
Koji comes out and immediately strikes out Austin Jackson swinging. 1 out.
Koji Uehara replaces C.J Wilson.
Verlander gets out of the seventh fast with a 1-2-3 inning. DUE UP FOR THE TIGERS: Jackson, Raburn and Cabrera.
Verlander gets Hamilton to strike out swinging with a low changeup. 2 outs.
Andrus grounds out to SS Peralta for the first out of the seventh.
|@ matthewbmowery : Giddy-yup horsey. Leyland gonna ride Verlander for another inning. At 113 pitches. #Tigers|
Wilson gets Santiago to ground out to finally end the inning. We're going to the seventh.