The Detroit Tigers open up a 3-0 lead in the quest for a World Series berth after beating the New York Yankees
Last Updated: 20/10/12 7:22am
Justin Verlander: In impressive form for the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers moved within one win of a place in the World Series with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander held the Yankees scoreless into the ninth inning as the hosts hung on in a tense final inning to take a 3-0 series lead.
Reliever Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out Raul Ibanez to end it.
Coke came in and allowed two-out hits to Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, with the latter snapping a drought of 29 at-bats without a hit.
But Ibanez worked the count full before he struck out swinging at a breaking ball to end it.
Delmon Young hit a solo home run for Detroit, while Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was lifted in the fourth because of a stiff back, and manager Joe Girardi's line-up shuffle Alex Rodriguez was benched again failed to revive New York's struggling bats.