Justin Verlander pitched a shutout into the ninth inning as the Tigers survived a late scare to claim a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.
Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out post-season star Raul Ibanez for his second save in two games.
Verlander had allowed only a pair of singles by Ichiro Suzuki and a lead-off homer by Eduardo Nunez in the ninth.
Delmon Young hit a solo home run for the Tigers, while Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double.
Game Four takes place in Detroit on Wednesday evening.