Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jhonny Peralta launched a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to propel the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, to close out the regular season for both teams.
The Tigers remain one game back of the Texas Rangers in the race for the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs. If the Rangers lose to the Angels on Wednesday, the Tigers would get the second seed.
Ryan Perry (2-0) came on in the top of the eighth with a 4-3 lead and allowed the game-tying run to score, but still picked up the win for the Tigers, who finished the season 95-67. They won their last four contests and five of six to close the year.
Jose Valverde finished the regular season 49-for-49 in saves as he closed the door in the ninth.
Vinnie Pestano (1-2) gave up the go-ahead homer to Peralta to absorb the loss for the Indians, who concluded the year with a 80-82 mark. They finished the season with four straight losses.