The Rangers could not keep the Tigers in their cage in last night’s game.

The Detroit Tigers facing  elimination get another chance to reach the World Series for the second straight season in Game 6 Saturday night in Texas.

Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with a sixth-inning grounder that hit third base before bouncing down the line for a double. Detroit held on for a 7-5 victory over Texas on Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

"We were lucky, but we need lucky times right now," Cabrera said.

Nelson Cruz became the fifth player to hit five homers in a postseason series. Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Juan Gonzalez and Chase Utley were the others.

Texas starter C.J. Wilson was sharp at the start, retiring his first seven batters. He allowed six runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking two.

Alex Avila tied it with an opposite-field homer to left in the third. The Detroit catcher has taken a beating behind the plate all year and has had a miserable postseason, going 2 of 33 before the homer.

Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers ahead with a sixth-inning grounder that hit third base before bouncing down the line for a double. Detroit held on for a 7-5 victory over Texas on Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

"We were lucky, but we need lucky times right now," Cabrera said.

Nelson Cruz became the fifth player to hit five homers in a postseason series. Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr., Juan Gonzalez and Chase Utley were the others.

Texas starter C.J. Wilson was sharp at the start, retiring his first seven batters. He allowed six runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking two.

Alex Avila tied it with an opposite-field homer to left in the third. The Detroit catcher has taken a beating behind the plate all year and has had a miserable postseason, going 2 of 33 before the homer.

 

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

 

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