Starter Max Scherzer was dominant on the mound and superstar Miguel Cabrera drove in a run in the Detroit Tigers' 3-2 road victory over the Oakland A's in Game 1 of their best-of-five American League Division Series.
Scherzer, the favorite to win this year's AL Cy Young Award after posting a 21-3 record during the regular season, gave up just three hits and two earned runs and struck out 11 batters in seven innings of work Friday night at O.co Coliseum in Oakland.
Cabrera, meanwhile, got the Tigers on the board early with an RBI single in the top of the first inning off of A's starter Bartolo Colon. The visitors then tacked on two more runs that inning.
The Tigers' bats were silenced the rest of the game, but three runs proved to be just enough to squeak past the A's, whose only offense came on a Yoenis Cespedes two-run home run off of Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Scherzer was removed after that inning and relievers Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit came in and shut the door on Oakland the rest of the way.
Game 2 will be played Saturday night, also at O.co Coliseum.
In a busy playoff schedule Friday, the Boston Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the other ALDS by trouncing the Tampa Bay Rays 12-2 at Fenway Park and will also host Game 2 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 and the Atlanta Braves edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 to knot those National League Division Series at 1-1.
The third games of those series are scheduled for Sunday. EFE