The Detroit Tigers suffered a significant loss before this series between the AL Central's top two clubs began.
The division leaders, though, continue to find a way to defeat the second-place Cleveland Indians.
Justin Verlander will try to guide the Tigers to a 10th consecutive victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
Detroit (65-45) entered this four-game series with plenty of momentum after capping off a perfect eight-game homestand with Sunday's 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox. However, the Tigers found out Monday afternoon that All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta wouldn't appeal a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal.
"It will change the look of our ballclub a little bit, but we'll move on," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said before Monday's opener.
It didn't appear the Tigers were ready to do that Monday night before rallying in the ninth for a 4-2 victory on former Indian Victor Martinez's R...