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>> joe: jose valverde will take over in the ninth inning, trying to save game number three. 49 for 49 during the regular season. 51 for 51, including this postseason, and he has saved 53 straight dating back to last year. he's got a three-run lead and he delivers strike 1 to josh hamilton, leading off the ninth. 92 from his right-hand. outside, ball 1. valverde did a nice job in game two yesterday. he went two innings, allowed one hit, but did hit a batter, walk a batter and got out of a bases-loaded, nobody out situation in the ninth.
hamilton went around. strike 2. >> tim: that's a splitter, and it can be devastating out of the strike zone. most splitters are out of the strike zone to get that swinging strike. >>oe: 2-2. >> tim: jim leyland and the tigers hopeful that those tacked-on runs will do the strict. one in the fourth, fifth, two in the sixth and one in the
>> joe: into left center field. that ball will get down. austin jackson cuts it off. hamilton is in. his second lead-off double. hamilton on base for the second time in this game, and the rangers are one base runner away from bringing up the tieing run. >> tim: i guess when you are around the game a long time, you are not surprised at great swings. but i have got to say that josh hamilton has one of the prettiest swings i have ever seen. his balance is extraordinary. >> joe: he can do everything. run, hit for average, hit for power, play the outfield.
that swing is like syrup. here's michael young, run everybody at second, nobody out. young still without an rbi. strike 1. beltre will stay in the game, despite that foul ball off his left knee. he's on deck. strike 2. >> tim: michael young gets on there, then beltre is probably thinking about that high fastball.
he got to open the inning and double off valverde in last night's ballgame down in texas. that was the inning the rangers loaded the base was nobody out and failed to score. >> joe: michael young strikes out. one away. >> tim: that split finger fastball diving out of the strike zone to get michael young. >> joe: so young now with 29 plate appearances, no rbis this postseason, out of the cleanup spot. he got by the rays and now up two games to nothing. they are threatened by the tigers trying to get on the board in the series.
thexd 2-2. to the right. what a pick. cabrera, two out. a diving stop for out number 2. >> tim: you got to believe that beltre would beat that play if he weren't limping. but a traffic play by miguel cabrera to get beltre. >> joe: it was cabrera who started that 3-2-3 double play behind valverde in the ninth inning yesterday. and now here in the ninth he makes that diving play to his left. a quick visit from avila out to valverde. runner at third, two out.
>> tim: uphill climb for the tigers, but they kept pecking away, pecking away, and then boom, boom, boom, three home runs, and win it 5-2. >> joe: great pitching tonight from the tigers. and here for the final out, this ball carried a long way, don kelly. disappeared into our view. they called it a foul ball as it was caught as he crossed the line, and that ends the game. the reaction from valverde as he gets his third safe of this postseason.
jim leyland has to be thrilled with the start tonight by doug fister. the best play of tonight's game is brought to you by the audi aa. true greatness should never foe unrecognized. it was by victor martinez in the fourth. the tigers added on, they win it 5-2. they now trail in this series two games to one. so getting a chance to return home. the tigers now are on the board. we look ahead to tomorrow afternoon with hairston and porcello. now the tigers have guaranteed that justin verlander will pitch again in this series, game five on thursday afternoon.
there's the pitching match-up tomorrow. hairston was good in the division series. porcello a loser in the division series. good a couple nights ago in game one. let's go to ken rosenthal. >> ken: thanks, joe. he's doug fister. joaquin benoit joked with you about pitching nine innings. it didn't look that was going to happen. how did you turn it around. >> stuck with the same game plan. they hit a few ground balls and hit it through the holes and good hitters to. they came out firing. i stuck with the game plan and used our defense. tremendous plays out there. that's the name of the game. >> porcello tomorrow, verlander now in game five. can you come back in. >> absolutely. we've got to take this thing one step at a time. i'll be ready to pitch whenever the skip gives me the ball. it's a matter of doing it a day at a time. >> doug, thank you very much. congratulations. back to you.
>> chris: welcome to the alcs postgame show on fox. your final score, the tigers a 5-2 winner over the texas rangers. doug fister was sensational. papa grande made it 52 for 52 in save opportunities. not a lot of dancing but a little bit of celebrating as the tigers cut into the rangers' lead in this best-of-seven series. hi, everybody, alongside eric karros and a.j. pierzynski, i'm chris rose. we talked about the offense need to go do something, and the heart of the order did that. >> they decided to show up. they have struggled up to this point. these guys are the heart of the offense. and what did they do tonight? they put five runs up on the board.
miguel cabrera and victor martinez. here victor martinez is hitting one out. watch this one. he pulled a fat muscle but finished the game and got around the bases. miguel cabrera, this is an 0-2 pitch. drives it down into the corner for a double. drives in a run. he hits a home run later in the game. hey, what kind of count do you think this is? 0-2. again, not many guys do this 0-2. 0-2 you are up there protecting. but since these two have shown up, this makes this whole thing a different series. we talked about the tigers' pitching. it's been right there the last two games. the offense has it. it was here tonight and it will be here the rest of the series. >> just how much pain was victor martinez in this evening? let's head down to the field where our ken rosenthal actually caught up with miguel cabrera. >> ken: thanks, chris." miguel cabrera, rbi double tonight. home run how many did you turn it around? >> we needed to. we needed to go out there and play hard and try to win this
game. you know, we looking for tomorrow's game. hopefully we can play good tomorrow and play hard tomorrow, man. >> ken: victor martinez, he hits a home run and he obviously was in discomfort. what happened? >> what? >> ken: with victor. >> i don't know. i have no idea. only thing i know he wasn't running good. keep in the game. hopefully he okay. he got nothing injury and hopefully come by tomorrow in the game. >> ken: now yourself, you haven't had an rbi in the series before tonight. what was the difference? >> oh, be patient, man. be patient. it will be a long series. it won't be easy. you have to play every day. and fight at-bats, every at-bat and every pitch and try to make something happen. >> ken: thank you very much. >> thank you. >> ken: chris, back to you. >> chris: all right, kenny. thank you very much. really maybe the story of this game, doug fister. what an acquisition. >> chris: doug fister,
unbelievable. dave dombrowski, pat yourself on the back for this trade. comes from seattle, 6 home runs in 44 innings pitched in comerica part. watch these bowling ball sinkers. killed beltre. bye-bye bat. doug fister, tip your hat as you walk off the field because you deserve it. you were unbelievable today. dave dombrowski, pat yourself on the back. jim leyland said we like this guy, he can pitch for us and he pitched in another must-win game and won. >> how many times are going to tell dave dombrowski to pat himself on the back? >> no, no, they made the right acquisition in him. >> so pat yourself on the back. >> and tomorrow it will be rick porcello against matt harrison, the guy who closed out the alds for the texas rangers against
the tampa bay rays. it will be a lot of fun. the pregame coming your way at 4:00 eastern on fox. coming up next, except the west coast, the late local news. and join us tomorrow here here e motor city. coverage begins 4:00 eastern, 1:00 pacific, only on fox. promotional consideration paid for by the following: >> chris: for more information on tonight's game and the latest on major league baseball news, log on to mlb.com. for joe, tim, ken, a.j., eric and the entire fox crew, i'm chris rose. we will see you tomorrow here in detroit! ♪
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