Tigers jump into the lead

  • Last Updated: October 7 2012, 8:54 BST

Detroit made a winning start to their American League play-off with the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park.

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The Tigers conceded an early home run but recovered from that jolt to come out on top 3-1 and take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.

Coco Crisp cracked the first-inning homer over right field off Justin Verlander, but the lead-off pitcher recovered to allow Oakland to regroup and turned in a fine show, allowing only three hits and striking out 11 before Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde finished the job.

Crucially, the trio kept Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera quiet.

Alex Avila hit Detroit's only home run in the fifth inning, giving them their two-run cushion.

The teams go head to head again in Detroit on Sunday before the series concludes with up to three games in Oakland.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce scored home runs for the Cincinnati Reds, who withstood the early loss of star pitcher Johnny Cueto to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 at AT&T Park.

Cueto injured himself in the first inning which he was unable to complete, and it was left to Mat Latos to take on much of the workload.

Buster Posey cracked a sixth-inning homer off Latos, but otherwise he and a supporting cast kept it tight.

Phillips set Cincinnati on their way with a two-run homer in the third inning and Bruce also went deep in the fourth. The teams play again on Sunday.