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Monday, 21 July 2014 15:04

Smyly helps Tigers top Indians 5-1, avoiding sweep

DETROIT (AP) - Drew Smyly allowed four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Smyly did not give up a hit until Yan Gomes' two-out double in the fifth. The left-hander allowed one run on Gomes' solo home run in the seventh - and two walks with six strikeouts. Joba Chamberlain walked to in the eighth, and Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation. Josh Tomlin allowed four runs, six hits and a walk over 4 1-3 innings. The AL Central-leading Tigers stopped a four-game losing streak and increased their lead over Cleveland to 5 1-2 games. Cleveland had reached a season-high three games over .500 by winning four in a row.