The Tigers opened up a 5 game lead on the Indians in the American League Central courtesy of their 5-1 victory over Cleveland tonight.
The Tigers needed a big game from Justin Verlander, and the former MVP and CY Young winner didn’t disappoint. He pitched 8 complete innings, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits. He struck out 7 and walked none. JV delivered!
It wasn’t looking good early, offensively, the Tigers let Justin Masterson off the hook in the second. They loaded the bases with nobody out but Masterson struck out Alex Avila and Jose Iglesias and got Santiago to ground to second to end the inning without surrendering a run.
Entering the 5th inning, the Tigers trailed 1-0, but then the bats exploded. Miguel Cabrera doubled in the go ahead run, his 100th RBI of the season. Prince followed with a ground out moving Cabrera to third. Masterson hit Victor to put runners at first and third with 2 out. Then DK, Don Kelly, stepped to the plate and on the third pitch he saw delivered a three run homer giving the Tigers a 5-1 lead which was more than enough for JV.
Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 9th and the Tigers recorded their 10th consecutive win.
DK, Don Kelly, had a day. He was 3-4 with the three-run homer in the 5th and was also flashin leather. He robbed Lonnie Chisenhall of extra bases with a fine running catch in the bottom of the 8th. The time truly has come for DK.
With Fister and Scherzer pitching the final two games in Cleveland the Tigers might be able to sweep and leave Ohio with a 7 game lead.
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