CLEVELAND – Edwin Jackson wouldn't allow the AL Central to get any tighter.
Detroit's steady starter pitched seven shutout innings and remained unbeaten against Cleveland this season, and the first-place Tigers kept their slender lead over Minnesota with a 3-1 win over the staggering Indians, who dropped their ninth
straight on Tuesday night.
In losing nine of nine of 13, the Tigers let a season-high, seven-game lead on Sept. 6 slip to two over the Twins last weekend. But with their second straight win, they stayed at least 2 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota, which played at Chicago.
Ryan Raburn homered in the third off Aaron Laffey (7-7) and the Tigers tacked on two runs in the eighth off reliever Chris Perez.