The Detroit Tigers took game of their best of five American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics Saturday night in Detroit.

Justine Verlander pitched seven strong innings, striking out 11.  Oakland's Coco Crisp hit a lead off home run in the first inning, but Verlander allowed nothing else on the night.

Jose Valverde worked a one-two-three ninth for the save.

Alex Avila homered for the Tigers.  Detroit will send Doug Fister to the mound Sunday at noon in game 2 of the series.