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MLB: Detroit 3, Kansas City 2

Sept. 15, 2013 at 4:14 PM

DETROIT, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Alex Avila's second homer of the game broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning Sunday and carried the Detroit Tigers over Kansas City 3-2.

Avila provided all three Detroit runs and Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 as the Tigers took the rubber match of a three-game set.

Ramon Santiago, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each contributed a pair of hits in the win.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer fell short of a 20th win for the fourth straight outing, settling for seven innings of one-run ball with a season high-tying 12 strikeouts.

Drew Smyly (6-0) instead earned the decision and Joaquin Benoit racked up his 20th save as Detroit shrank its magic number to win the American League Central to nine.

Jeremy Guthrie (14-11) was hung with the complete-game loss, allowing three runs on 13 hits.

Alex Gordon homered for the Royals, whose AL wild card playoff hopes took a hit.

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