GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Goochland's Justin Verlander has had an amazing season. Thursday night's game might be the most historic of all his wins.
Verlander became baseball's first 17-game winner as the division-leading Tigers avoided being swept by Cleveland and opened a three-game lead in the AL Central with a 4-3 win over the second-place Indians.
Verlander (17-5) allowed three hits and struck out 10 in seven dominant innings to earn career win No. 100 as the Tigers ended a 13-game losing streak in Cleveland. He was also on the mound for Detroit's previous win at Progressive Field on May 8, 2010.
In taking the series finale, the Tigers kept some distance over the Indians, who did trim one game off Detroit's lead over the past three days. The teams will play 10 more times this season, including a season-ending three-game series in Detroit.