Though Victor Martinez’s game-tying home run came at a price with a strained oblique that left him hobbling around the bases, it sparked an outburst of five unanswered runs for the Tigers in what shaped up as a must-win Game 3 in their American League Championship Series showdown with Texas. Doug Fister’s 7 1/3 quality innings took care of the rest for a 5-2 victory.
Detroit still trails in the series, two games to one, but looked like a different team than the club that dropped two close decisions in Texas in as many games. And a painful home run from the unofficial team leader seemingly provided the spark.
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