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AL Central-leading Tigers edge Mariners 5-4

Detroit Tigers' Torii Hunter celebrates his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Paul Sancya

AL Central-leading Tigers edge Mariners 5-4

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.

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