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The Yankees stranded 11 runners Thursday night as they fell to the Tigers 3-2 in Game 5 of the ALDS. The Tigers pitched their way out of jams all game as they advance to the American League Championship Series.
Don Kelley and Delmon Young hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning against Yankees starter Ivan Nova. The Tigers added a run in the 5th with a two-out single by Victor Martinez.
Doug Fister picked up the win for the Tigers, allowing just one on five hits in five innings of work. His lone blemish came on a solo home run in the fifth by Robinson Cano. The Yankees added a run in the 7th, as Mark Teixeira walked with the bases loaded.
Jose Valverde shut the Yankees down for his second save of the series, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the ninth.
For the Yankees, it was a night full of missed opportunities. The Bombers left the bases loaded in fourth and seventh innings and stranded 11 runners on base throughout the game. The Tigers’ bullpen made key pitches in pressure situations to hold the Yankees to just two runs.
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira combined for five hits and four RBI in the series. Nick Swisher drove in just one run during the series, hitting a home run in Game 2.