CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander dominated for eight innings and Don Kelly hit a three-run homer off Justin Masterson, leading the Detroit Tigers to their 10th straight win, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians.
Verlander (12-8) allowed one run and four hits as the Tigers beat the Indians for the 10th time in 11 games and opened a five-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.
Kelly connected in the fifth inning off Masterson (13-8) and Miguel Cabrera picked up his 100th RBI as the Tigers improved to 11-3 against their nearest division rival.
The Indians, who are 24-10 against the Central’s three other teams, have to hope they can win the next two over Detroit to split the series.
To do that, they’ll have to beat Doug Fister and Max Scherzer.