OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Verlander did it again, beating the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of an American League Division Series for the second straight season.
The Tigers did it again, advancing to the American League Championship Series for the third consecutive season.
The Tigers beat the A’s, 3-0, on Thursday night at O.co Coliseum in the deciding game of the ALDS. The Tigers will move on to face the Red Sox in the ALCS starting Saturday in Boston.
The Tigers became the first team to advance to the ALCS in three consecutive years since the Yankees did from 1998 to 2001.
With the Tigers’ season on the line, Verlander and Miguel Cabrera delivered.
Verlander didn’t allow a baserunner until the sixth inning, when he gave up a one-out walk to Josh Reddick.