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Tigers Nip Indians, Get 3rd Seed In AL Playoffs

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DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 28: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by teammate Delmon Young #21 after hitting a solo home run to left field to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead over the Cleveland Indians during the game at Comerica Park on September 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT – SEPTEMBER 28: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by teammate Delmon Young #21 after hitting a solo home run to left field to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead over the Cleveland Indians during the game at Comerica Park on September 28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera singled and doubled, all but wrapping up the American League batting title, and Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Cabrera entered the day hitting .343, five points ahead of Michael Young of Texas and Adrian Gonzalez of Boston. He raised his average another point against the Indians, making it almost impossible for the other two to catch him.

Peralta hit his 21st homer of the season off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to give the Tigers the lead after Ryan Perry (2-0) allowed Cleveland to tie it at 4 in the top of the eighth.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 49th save in 49 chances.

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