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AL Central-Leading Tigers Edge Mariners 5-4

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after being called safe on a play at the plate while Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 19: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after being called safe on a play at the plate while Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday.

Detroit trailed 4-3 after Seattle’s Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer in the fifth, but Fielder’s RBI single in the seventh tied it. Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled off Charlie Furbush (2-6).

It was a busy day for Fielder, who appeared to take and eat a fan’s nacho after unsuccessfully chasing a fifth-inning foul ball near the stands.

Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers. Doug Fister (13-9) struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings. Drew Smyly got one out, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 22 chances.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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