Tigers stay alive in ALCS

With win over Rangers

DETROIT — One moment, Justin Verlander and the Tigers were on the verge of watching their season slip away.

After a double play and a lucky bounce, they were headed back to Texas.

Verlander helped save Detroit’s season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

Delmon Young hit two of Detroit’s four homers and Miguel Cabrera had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning — thanks to a bizarre bounce off third base.

“I have that bag in my office right now. And that will be in my memorabilia room at some point in my life, I can promise you,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

After building a five-run cushion, Detroit held on despite Nelson Cruz’s record fifth home run of the series. With closer Jose Valverde unavailable for the Tigers, Texas 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.

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