Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was delayed at Comerica Park for 17 minutes because of a power outage to start the bottom of the second.

Just as Red Sox starter John Lackey was finishing his warmup pitches the lights flickered the scoreboard went black and most of the stadium lights went out temporarily forcing both teams off the field even though it was still daytime on Tuesday afternoon.

Once the stadium lights rebooted play resumed. But the power outage can potentially lead to a delay late in the game if the Red Sox and Tigers go long with rain in the forecast for about 9 p.m. ET. First pitch for Game 3 was at 4:07 p.m.

The power outage -- akin to one that occurred during the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans lasting more than a half hour early in the second half -- was caused when "a nearby substation went offline" according to a statement from Joe Garagiola Jr. Major League Baseball's senior vice president of standards and on-field operations.