DETROIT -- The Tigers were left wishing their power outage had only lasted for 17 minutes Tuesday.
The Tigers lost, 1-0, to the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park.
The game featured a 17-minute power outage after the lights went out in the middle of the second inning. According to a release by DTE Energy Co: "The cable failure caused a voltage reduction, which tripped the lights in the stadium. The momentary sag in voltage was an isolated incident."
The Tigers failed to bring a runner home from third with less than two outs in the fifth and eighth innings.
Victor Martinez led off the ninth with a single to left and was replaced by pinch-runner Hernan Perez.
Jhonny Peralta hit into a double play, and Alex Avila struck out swinging to end the game.
The Tigers trail the Red Sox, 2-1, in the series, which resumes Wednesday night.
The Tigers had runners on first and third with one out before Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each struck out swinging.
The Tigers also failed to score with a runner on third with one out in the fifth inning.
Austin Jackson, who had struck out in his previous two at-bats, reached on a one-out walk in the eighth inning. The Red Sox replaced lefty Craig Breslow with righty Junichi Tazawa to pitch to Torii Hunter. Hunter ripped a single to right to put runners on the corners.
On a 1-2 count, Cabrera swung at a 94-m.p.h. fastball out of the strike zone.
The Red Sox brought in right-handed closer Koji Uehara and he got Fielder to strike out on a foul tip.
Pitcher Jake Peavy, who will start Game 4 for the Red Sox on Wednesday night, noted before the game how much more attention was given to Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers than for John Lackey starting for Boston.
"I have heard John Lackey's name mentioned three or four times," Peavy said. "Almost like we didn't have a starter going today."
Lackey pitched 62/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox. He gave up four hits and walked none. He struck out a postseason career-high eight batters.
Mike Napoli hit a solo home run on Verlander's 100th pitch of the game to break a scoreless tie with one out in the seventh.
Verlander challenged Napoli with a fastball on a full count. Napoli sent the 96-m.p.h. pitch deep over the left-center fence for Verlander's first home run since Sept. 18. The home run snapped a streak of 34 consecutive shutout innings in the postseason for Verlander.
After the home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jonny Gomes each struck out.
Verlander gave up four hits with one walk and allowed one earned run over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
The Tigers became the first team to have a starter strike out at least 10 in four straight postseason games. It was little consolation, though.
For the fourth straight game, the starting pitcher for the Tigers did not allow a hit through the first three innings.
Verlander had eight strikeouts before the Red Sox had their first hit of the game, with two outs in the fifth inning. Gomes reached on an infield single to shortstop.
Gomes was 0-for-10 in his career against Verlander, including a strikeout in the second inning, before getting the hit.
Verlander gave up his second hit of the game on a one-out single to Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth. Ellsbury went to second on a wild pitch with Shane Victorino batting. Victorino flew out to left and Dustin Pedroia hit a hard grounder to shortstop.
After the 17-minute power outage in the second inning, Lackey was given as much time as he needed to warm up before play resumed.
The delay seemed to affect the hitters far more than the pitchers.
After Peralta lined out to right to lead off the bottom of the second, the teams combined for seven consecutive strikeouts before Hunter grounded out to second in the top of bottom of the third.
Verlander struck out six straight between the second and third innings.
Verlander had given up a leadoff walk to David Ortiz in the top of the second, before striking out the side. Verlander threw all sliders as Napoli went down swinging. Saltalamacchia struck out swinging at a 95 m.p.h. fastball. Gomes struck out missing at a slider.
In Verlander's first inning after the delay, he struck out the side. J.D. Drew struck out swinging and Will Middlebrooks and Ellsbury were called out on strikes.
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