- Most importantly, the Tigers won, 4-3. The win snapped a 13-game losing streak at Progressive Field and restored their AL Central lead to three games.
- Justin Verlander won his MLB-leading 17th game and 100th game overall in his career. He got touched up in the second and third innings, but held on to pitch seven solid innings.
- Jose Valverde pitched a flawless ninth to break Willie Hernandez's club record for consecutive saves. Valverde now is 33-for-33 on the season.
Jason Kipnis, meet Justin Verlander. Kipnis lit up the Tigers in the first two games but went hitless on Thursday. He did score a run though after drawing a walk from Verlander.
- The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the second to give Verlander some support, which included a genius suicide squeeze bunt by Austin Jackson that scored Alex Avila from third base.
- Verlander's final line: 7 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. It wasn't his best stuff, but man that's pretty good nonetheless.
- The Indians didn't look very happy with the strike zone tonight. Both Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan looked particularly perturbed after late-inning strikeouts. Perhaps it was just frustration: Duncan and Hafner struck out a combined five times against Tigers pitching.
Justin Verlander Wins 100th Career Game, Tigers Fend Off Indians To Avoid Sweep
By Ryan Weiss