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DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez homered and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 7-5 on Friday night to take a 3-game lead over the Indians atop the AL Central. Martinez and Torii Hunter had three hits each for the Tigers in the opener of this three-game series. Detroit led 5-0 before Cleveland scored three runs in the fifth off Verlander. That was all the Indians could manage against the Tigers' ace in losing their fifth straight game. Verlander (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits on the night. He walked two and struck out six. Detroit's Jose Valverde came on with a four-run lead in the ninth. He allowed solo homers to Jason Giambi and Drew Stubbs but held on. Nick Swisher grounded out with a man on second to end it. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) allowed five runs -- three earned -- in three-plus innings. Cleveland lost its ninth straight road game. Detroit is trying for its third straight division title, and the Indians have emerged as...
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