Texas starter C.J. Wilson was sharp at the start, retiring his first seven batters.
Alex Avila tied it with an opposite-field homer to left in the third. The Detroit catcher has taken a beating behind the plate all year and has had a miserable postseason, going 2 of 33 before the homer.
Young was actually left off Detroit’s ALCS roster because of an injury, but he returned before Game 2 after Magglio Ordonez re-fractured his ankle. Young’s homer over the fence in left-center gave Detroit a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Hamilton’s RBI single in the fifth tied the game at 2.
“This has been a tremendous, tremendous series in my opinion,” Leyland said.
Wilson, a left-hander who has struggled in three playoff starts this year, was done in by Detroit’s rally in the sixth and came out after that inning. He allowed six runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking two.
With two outs in the ninth, Hamilton doubled and Michael Young drove him home with a single that made it 7-5. After a walk to Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli grounded into a forceout, sending the series back to Texas.
“The Detroit Tigers are here for a reason. Tonight their backs were against the wall. They did what they had to do — catching a break included,” Washington said. “Now we go home. We still feel good about ourselves.”