Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/13
Prince Fielder and Torii Hunter put up some big numbers to help the Detroit Tigers reduce their magic number to 10. Fielder and Hunter each knocked in three runs Friday night and Justin Verlander stuck out seven in 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers earned a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Fielder hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Hunter singled home two runs to spark a three-run fifth inning for the Tigers. The Tigers who have 15 games remaining will win eliminate the Cleveland Indians from the race for the American League Central crown with any combination of 10 Tigers victories and Cleveland losses. Eight Tigers wins and Kansas City losses would eliminate the Royals. The Tigers built a 6-1 lead but the Royals fought back and had the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the eighth inning. The Royals loaded the bases in the eighth when Drew Smyly walked a batter and Jose Veras walked a batter and hit another with a pitch. Joaquin Benoit entered the game at that point and struck out David Lough to escape the jam.
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