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Verlander Helps Tigers To W At Wrigley, 5-3

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 14: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

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JAY COHEN,AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight solid innings for his first win in a month and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Thursday in front of another receptive crowd at Wrigley Field.

Verlander also helped himself with a pair of sacrifices as Detroit capped an encouraging 4-2 interleague road trip to Cincinnati and Chicago. Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth.

The combination of Verlander and a picturesque day in Chicago led to a season-high crowd of 42,292 that ran the total for the series to 124,782, setting a Wrigley Field record for a midweek three-game set. Tigers fans made up a good amount of that total, and they cheered everything Verlander did in the finale.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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