But Young's one-out, opposite-field shot over the right field fence off Rafael Soriano (0-1) in the bottom of the frame quickly broke the deadlock and handed the Tigers a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five American League Divisional Series.
Verlander gutted out eight innings to gain the win, allowing four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out 11.
New York's CC Sabathia, meanwhile, turned in his shortest start of the season, lasting only 5 1/3 frames. He was wild, walking six, while allowing four runs on seven hits.
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