Avila hits 2-run HR in 8th, Tigers top Indians

CBS Cleveland

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers kept their slim AL Central lead, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday night.

The Tigers remained a half-game ahead of Kansas City, which topped Boston 7-1.

Avila sent a full-count pitch from reliever Bryan Shaw (5-4) into the right-field stands for his 11th home run.

Victor Martinez hit his career-best 31st home run for Detroit.

Joba Chamberlain (2-5) pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 31st save.

Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter saved two runs in the eighth with a two-out, diving catch of Yan Gomes’ short fly ball with runners on second and third.

Michael Brantley homered for Cleveland.

Mike Aviles’ two-out, two-run double into the right-field corner in the fifth gave Cleveland a 4-3 lead.

Brantley it a two-run homer in the first against…

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