Jhonny Peralta hit two home runs, Doug Fister pitched eight innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Tigers had lost four of five and fallen out of the AL Central lead.
Peralta hit a three-run drive off Brett Cecil in the second and added a solo shot against Joel Carreno in the ninth. It was Peralta's first multihomer game of the season and seventh of his career.
Fister (5-7) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing one run and seven hits, all singles. He struck out nine and matched his longest outing of the season.
Jose Valverde closed for his 20th save in 24 chances as Detroit avoided being swept in Toronto for the first time since Sept. 5-7, 2003.
Cecil (2-4) gave up three runs and four hits in a season-best 6 2-3 innings. The lefty walked a season-high four and struck out seven.
Cecil has given up no more than three runs in each of his past three starts, but has lost all of them. The Blue Jays have...