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After a big win to wrap up the series, Leyland conceded one thing: This upcoming 10-game road trip is big.
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"When everybody else knows the importance of it, obviously the players, the manager and the coaches know the importance of it," Leyland said. "The fans know. I'm sure they'll be watching, and there will be some late nights for them, maybe when we're in Anaheim. Then off to Chicago.
"Yeah, I don't think you can downplay it."
Detroit remained one game behind the first-place White Sox in the AL Central. On Friday night, the Tigers start a stretch of 10 straight away from home -- three against the Los Angeles Angels, four against the White Sox and three against Cleveland.
"Our fate's in our own hands," Detroit right-hander Doug Fister said. "We control our own destiny, we just have to take care of what we do."
Fister (8-8) allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-15) gave up four runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He was generally sharp after allowing Cabrera's 35th homer of the year, but Detroit tacked on five runs in the eighth to break it open.
The Tigers lost consecutive 3-2 games to start this series.
Fister has been on the disabled list twice this season and also missed a start on Aug. 25 because of an injury. He has had Cleveland's number lately, though. In his last seven starts against the Indians, he's 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA.
Detroit is hoping for another big September from Fister. He went 5-0 with a 0.53 ERA in the month last year.
Austin Jackson led off the Detroit first with a single. One out later, Cabrera homered to right.
Cleveland cut the margin in half in the fourth on an RBI single by Michael Brantley, who has hit safely in 16 straight games against Detroit.
Jimenez became the first major leaguer in 2012 to reach 15 losses. It looked like he might pitch his first complete game since coming to Cleveland in a midseason trade last year, but he was pulled in the eighth after Andy Dirks hit an RBI triple.
"We played a good series, and not just because we won it," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "I'm happy because of the way we pitched. We only had one bad inning in three games, and that was the last one. That's encouraging going forward."
Dirks scored on a sacrifice fly by Cabrera. Fielder followed with his 24th homer of the season, and Jhonny Peralta made it 7-1 with a two-run double.
"To put up six or five or whatever we did in that inning, it was good," Dirks said. "We know we're capable of doing it, but when it comes together and it happens, it kind of gives you a little bit of relief."
While the game was still close, Detroit reliever Joaquin Benoit walked Ezequiel Carrera to start the top of the eighth and fell behind 2-0 to pinch-hitter Casey Kotchman. After a visit from pitching coach Jeff Jones, Benoit got Kotchman to hit a routine fly to center.
Shin-soo Choo then grounded into a double play.
|Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer and Prince Fielder's solo shot help the Tigers get past the Indians and avoid a sweep. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.272|
|Carlos Santana, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Michael Brantley, CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.285|
|Cord Phelps, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Matt LaPorta, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.138|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Ezequiel Carrera, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Jason Donald, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.187|
|a- Casey Kotchman, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|a-flied out for Donald in the 8th|
|RBI - Michael Brantley (57)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Ubaldo Jimenez (L,9-15)||7.1||6||4||4||1||3||1||5.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 96-58, Cody Allen 23-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-10|
|Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 29, Cody Allen 6|
|Austin Jackson, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.304|
|Andy Dirks, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.320|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||1||3||0||1||0||.330|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.314|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Quintin Berry, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.255|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.275|
|2B - Jhonny Peralta (31, Allen)|
|3B - Andy Dirks (4, Jimenez)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (35, Jimenez), Prince Fielder (24, Allen)|
|SF - Miguel Cabrera (5)|
|RBI - Andy Dirks (28), Miguel Cabrera 3 (116), Prince Fielder (94), Jhonny Peralta 2 (57)|
|2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (36), Jhonny Peralta 2 (31)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Fielder-Peralta, Infante-Peralta-Fielder|
|Doug Fister (W,8-8)||7||4||1||1||1||6||0||3.54|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,28)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 109-70, Joaquin Benoit 11-5, Jose Valverde 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 9-5, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, Jose Valverde 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 3|
|Attendance - 28881|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|