Detroit chips away at Rangers’ margin
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:01 pm
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) — Colby Lewis came into Game 3 of the AL championship series as the surest thing the Texas Rangers had on the mound.
And for three innings, he was.
Then, the Detroit Tigers began chipping away. And by the time they were done, they had handed Lewis his first postseason defeat and beaten Texas 5-2 Tuesday night, narrowing the Rangers’ edge to 2-1.
The Tigers took the lead on a pitch Lewis regretted throwing in the fifth.
Lewis gave Miguel Cabrera a 91 mph fastball to swing at on an 0-2 count and the AL batting champion pounced on it, hitting a go-ahead double. Cabrera got to hit, rather than having Texas pitch around him with the hobbled Victor Martinez on deck.
Martinez seemed to hurt himself when he hit a solo homer off Lewis in the fourth. The designated hitter stayed in the game and drew a walk in the fifth.
The Tigers padded their lead and ended Lewis’ night in the sixth. Jhonny Peralta homered and No. 9 hitter Andy Dirks chased Lewis with a two-out single.
Koji Uehara replaced Lewis and gave up an RBI single to the previously struggling Austin Jackson, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Published in The Messenger 10.12.11