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Rangers Vs. Tigers: C.J. Wilson Implodes In Sixth Inning, Tigers Take 6-2 Lead

C.J. Wilson has had a sixth inning to forget in Game 5 of the ALCS. 

After Justin Verlander induced a bases loaded, one out double play to escape a jam in the sixth inning, Detroit's bats immediately went to work on Wilson. Ryan Raburn led off the inning with a single. The Tigers then caught a break, as Miguel Cabrera grounded down the third base line, and it appeared that Beltre had a chance to field the ball, but, the ball caromed off the third base bag and went into the left field corner, scoring Raburn and resulting in a double for Cabrera.

Victor Martinez then hit a drive down the right field line that ended up being a triple, as Nelson Cruz' dive for it came up just short, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead over the Rangers.

Delmon Young, though, capped the inning off for the Tigers, belting his second home run of the day, this time a two run shot, giving Detroit a 6-2 lead headed into the seventh inning.

Wilson's line is once again poor. In six innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five. Three of the eight hits allowed by Wilson, though, were home runs.

Texas' offense will have a chance to respond in the last three innings against Verlander and Detroit's depleted bullpen.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.