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Smyly helps Tigers top Indians 5-1, avoiding sweep


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.

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