78
      Friday
      85 / 65
      Saturday
      84 / 64
      Sunday
      81 / 57

      Tigers beat Indians 7-5 in series opener

      Courtesy: AP/stock photo

      Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez homered and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 7-5 on Friday night to take a 3 1/2-game lead over the Indians atop the AL Central.

      Martinez and Torii Hunter had three hits each for the Tigers in the opener of this three-game series. Detroit led 5-0 before Cleveland scored three runs in the fifth off Verlander.

      That was all the Indians could manage against the Tigers' ace. Verlander (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits on the night. He walked two and struck out six.

      Detroit's Jose Valverde came on with a four-run lead in the ninth. He allowed solo homers to Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs but held on.

      Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) allowed five runs - three earned - in three-plus innings.

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