Justin Verlander threw a complete game shutout, scattering just four hits, and striking out 11 in a dominant performance that led the Tigers to a decisive 6-0 win over the Oakland A's in Game 5 of the ALDS.
The Tigers got the scoring started in the top of the third inning, when Austin Jackson hit a double to centerfield that scored Omar Infante. Jackson would later score in the inning of a Jarrod Parker wild pitch and the Tigers left the third inning with a 2-0 lead.
Then in the seventh, the Tigers blew the game open with a four-run effort. Once again, it was Austin Jackson who got the scoring started. Jackson dropped a base hit into right center, scoring Jhonny Peralta. Later, Miguel Cabrera was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 4-0 Tigers. Prince Fielder scored Jackson with a single to center and the Tigers got their final run of the inning off a Stephen Drew error to put Detroit up 6-0.
Six runs was more than enough for Verlander, who finished the game off on his 122nd pitch, by enducing Shep Smith to ground out to second base. The Tigers stormed the middle of the field to celebrate their second ALDS Game Five victory in as many years.
Detroit will now take on the winner of the New York Yankees-Baltimore Orioles series. Baltimore defeated New York tonight to even that best-of-five series at 2-2. Game 5 is tomorrow in New York. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07 p.m.
If the Yankees win, the ALCS will begin Saturday night in New York. If the Orioles win, the ALCS will start in Detroit on Saturday.