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|Tigers Stay Alive In ALCS, Hold Off Rangers 7-5
|DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander helped save Detroit's season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away from Texas in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.
Miguel Cabrera had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, thanks to a bizarre bounce off third base, and the Tigers held off Texas despite Nelson Cruz's record fifth home run of the series.
With closer Jose Valverde unavailable for Detroit, the Rangers cut it to 7-5 in the ninth and had Cruz on deck when Phil Coke retired Mike Napoli on a game-ending groundout with two runners on.
The Rangers get another chance to reach the World Series for the second straight season in Game 6 Saturday night at home.
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