By Dave Hart
Tigers 6, Indians 3 (5 inn.) – Miguel Cabrera’s three-run home run in the fifth inning propelled the Tigers to a victory over the Cleveland Indians on a soggy Wednesday night in Detroit.
The Tigers, who are now 85-73 with four games remaining, still trail the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot by one game.
Detroit responded with three runs in the third inning after a 45-minute rain delay.
Jose Iglesias knocked in a run with a double, then Ian Kinsler blasted a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage after three innings.
The Indians tied the game 3-3 on RBI singles by Rajai Davis and Santana in the fourth inning.
Cabrera’s homer ended the scoring in the fifth after another rain delay led to the game being called official.
Detroit will finish its final home stand on Thursday afternoon against the Indians.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (6 games behind first-place Cleveland)
1 game behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 6
Misery # to AL Central Division elimination: Eliminated
Misery # to playoff elimination: 4
Next Game: 09/29/2016 vs Cleveland Indians 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera HR (36) 3 RBI (105), Ian Kinsler HR (27) 2 RBI (81), Jose Iglesias 2B (25) RBI (31), James McCann 2B (9), J.D. Martinez 2B (35).
Pitching stats: Blaine Hardy W (1-0) 1.2 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 1 K, Michael Fulmer 3.1 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 3 K.