This is the 15th series in the history of the American League Championship Series to go to six games, and in 10 of those, the team holding the 3-2 advantage has reached the World Series.
The Tigers are 9-8 in club history when facing postseason elimination.
Ian Kinsler became just the fourth batter in history to lead off a game with a double off Justin Verlander. The other three are Kenny Lofton, Jose Reyes and Denard Span.
The Tigers set a franchise record for home runs in a playoff game with four.
Nelson Cruz, with his home run in the eighth inning, became the first player in LCS history to hit five home runs in the same series. His next RBI will be his 12th, breaking the LCS record for RBIs in a single series.
Koji Uehara became the first reliever to give up home runs in three consecutive postseason games.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.