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Verlander pitches Tigers into League Championship Series vs. Sox
Backed by a two-run homer by Miguel Cabrera, Verlander yielded just two hits in eight innings and ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak in the playoffs against Oakland to 32 as Detroit won the deciding Game Five for a 3-2 victory in their AL Division Series.
The triumph earned the Tigers a trip to Boston for Saturday's start of a best-of-seven against the Red Sox to produce the American League representative in the World Series.
The National League Championship Series pits the St. Louis Cardinals against the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning on Friday.
Cabrera, who had hit only one home run since August as he struggled with injuries, connected in the fourth inning off Athletics rookie starter and loser Sonny Gray with Torii Hunter aboard to give Verlander all the support he would need.
A former Cy Young and AL MVP winner who posted an inconsistent 13-12 mark this season, Verlander has been his familiar, brilliant self in the playoffs and retired the first 16 batters he faced before walking Josh Reddick in the sixth.
The first hit off the right-hander was a sharp single up the middle by Cuban Yoenis Cespedes with two outs in the seventh.
Oakland threatened in the bottom of the ninth against closer Joaquin Benoit, who gave up a two-out double to Jed Lowrie and hit Cespedes with a pitch before getting potential tying run Seth Smith to fly out to right to end it.
Verlander, who struck out 10 and walked only one, began his streak by winning the first and fifth games of last year's division series against Oakland and had a no decision in Game Two of this series despite throwing seven shutout innings.
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