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Tigers use the long ball to send ALCS back to Texas

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Final - 10.13.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 5 10 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 X 7 10 1
WP: Justin Verlander (2 - 1)
SV: Phil Coke (1)
LP: C.J. Wilson (0 - 2)

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BOX

KEY STAT

4 HR: One homer each from Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn, while Delmon Young hit two of them

4 ER, 7.1 innings: Justin Verlander may have allowed more runs than you'd like, but he didn't allow too many. Yet again, JV wins a game to stop the Tigers' slide.

KEY PLAYS

Ryan Raburn singles, Miguel Cabrera doubles, Victor Martinez triples and Delmon Young homers. All in a row in the sixth inning. A curious cycle, but it accounted for four runs to help lift the Tigers.

KEY THOUGHTS

With their backs to the wall, the Tigers responded. Maybe it isn't too little, too late. Sure the odds are still long, but rallying back to win a series you trail 3-1 has been done before. Hey, even the 1968 World Series winning Tigers had to do that. But they won. So why not, right?

You could tell Alex Avila was hurting by the slow, waddling way he made it around the bases on his home run. But he hit the home run, and he made it around the bases. At this time of the year, you'll take it.

The legend of Delmon Young continues to grow. Not even on the ALCS roster due to an oblique injury, he's contributed some big plays already. Today, two home runs.

And Justin Verlander. What more can you say? The Tigers needed a win, and he did enough. You don't want to make too big of a deal out of it. The Tigers typically lose when they allow 4 or more runs. But he trailed only once in the game. That's good enough.

Maybe the real key play was having no rain delay. Detroit's lost 4 games this post season, and 3 came after a game delayed (or suspended) by rain. Let's hope it's dry in Texas.

The season's not over. Just have to take this show on the road.