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Iglesias scored on Alex Avila‘s groundout to put the Tigers ahead, 3-2, and Victor Martinez pushed home Kinsler on a fielder’s choice two batters later to increase Detroit’s lead to two. Tigers pitchers sent down 16 consecutive batters after a sac fly by Norichika Aoki tied it at 2 in the fourth. That streak was broken when Alex Bregman (3-for-4) homered with two outs in the ninth.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tigers get to Devo: Devenski allowed two earned runs in the eighth, marking only the third time in 16 outings this year he’s allowed multiple runs in a game. The sure-handed relief pitcher, who leads all Major Leaguer rellief pitchers in strikeouts, faced six batters and didn’t strike out a single batter for only the second time this year.

Uptown tracks one down:The stellar relief work by the Tigers was bolstered with some terrific defense by left fielder Justin Upton, who made a long run into the gap in left-center to start the eighth to snag a ball off the bat of Marwin Gonzalez. Tigers reliever Shane Greene retired the next two batters in order for a clean inning. Upton’s play had a catch probability of 26 percent, according to Statcast™.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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