NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit starter Max Scherzer (Parkway Central HS/ Univ. of Missouri) pitched five innings of no-hit ball, and closer Jose Valverde held off a furious New York ninth-inning rally as the Tigers beat the Yankees 5-3 on a rainy Sunday, evening their best-of-five AL playoff series at one game apiece.
Down 5-1, the Yankees scored twice in the ninth. Helped when Detroit catcher Alex Avila lost his footing on the slick on-deck circle while chasing a foul pop that would’ve been the final out, New York got a chance to win it.
Robinson Cano, who hit a grand slam and had six RBIs as the Yankees won the opener, came up with two outs and runners on first and second. After wiping away raindrops from his helmet, Cano hit a routine groundball to end it.
Miguel Cabrera’s two-run homer in the first off Freddy Garcia gave Scherzer an early edge, and the Tigers took a 4-0 lead into the eighth.
Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit in the eighth.
Game 3 is Monday at Detroit.
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