The Tigers rotation set a postseason record by going 37 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run before Eduardo Nunez took Justin Verlander deep to lead off the ninth inning.
Nunez became the first Yankees shortstop other than Derek Jeter to hit a postseason home run since Jim Mason in Game 3 of the 1976 World Series against the Reds.
Nunez's homer snapped New York's streak of 20 consecutive innings without a run.
It was the first ninth-inning home run that Verlander has surrendered in his career.
Ichiro Suzuki recorded New York's first hit of the game with a one-out single in the fourth inning. Ichiro, who went 2-for-4, had two of New York's three hits against Verlander. All other Yankees went 1-for-24 against the right-hander.
Verlander matched a Tigers single-season postseason record by throwing 23 consecutive scoreless innings. Left-hander Kenny Rogers also had 23 in 2006.
Verlander's three strikeouts in Game 3 were his fewest in 10 career postseason starts, not including his rain-shortened outing in Game 1 of the 2011 AL Division Series against the Yankees.
Verlander threw 132 pitches, one short of his postseason career high in Game 5 of the 2011 ALDS against the Rangers. Since Mark Prior (Cubs) and Pedro Martinez (Red Sox) in 2003, Verlander is the only pitcher to have thrown 130-plus pitches in a postseason game.
Verlander is the first pitcher in Tigers history to record two career postseason wins against the Yankees.
The Yankees fell behind 0-3 in a postseason series for the fourth time in franchise history. New York also went down 0-3 in the 1922 World Series vs. the Giants, the 1963 World Series vs. the Dodgers and the 1976 World Series vs. the Reds. The Yankees were swept each time.
Delmon Young hit his seventh career postseason homer as a member of the Tigers, which extended his franchise record.
Young's five career postseason homers against the Yankees tie him with five others for third all time. Duke Snider has 10, while George Brett and Juan Gonzalez have 6.
Young is the only Tigers player who has hit more than two career postseason home runs against the Yankees.
Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in 16 consecutive LCS games, the longest streak in Major League history.
Cabrera reached base safely in his 19th straight postseason game, which passed Hank Greenberg for the most in Tigers postseason history.
Cabrera's fifth-inning double off Yankees reliever David Phelps was the seventh of his postseason career as a member of the Tigers, tying him with Greenberg for the second most in franchise history. Pete Fox is the Tigers' franchise leader with nine.
The double was Cabrera's 11th career postseason extra-base hit as a member of the Tigers, which trails only Greenberg's 14 in franchise history.
Phil Hughes' outing of three-plus innings -- cut short by back stiffness -- was the first start by a Yankees pitcher this postseason that lasted less than 6 2/3 innings.
Including Young's homer in Game 3, Phil Hughes has allowed a home run in 27 of his 34 starts this year. The 35 homers Hughes allowed in the regular season tied for the second most in the Majors.
Robinson Cano snapped his postseason record 0-for-29 slump with a ninth-inning single off Tigers reliever Phil Coke. Cano finished the regular season on a 24-for-39 tear with three home runs and 14 RBIs, but is hitting just .083 in the postseason (3-for-36).
Chris Toman, Steven Miller, Adam Rosenbloom and Anthony Odoardi are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less