Carlos Guillen has been nearly a forgotten man in Detroit, having spent much of the season on the DL or simply holding down the Tigers' bench. But in the 12th straight win for the Tigers - their longest winning streak since 1934 - Guillen was the star.
In the 10th, Guillen put the Tigers up by a run, driving home Will Rhymes with a single, his third hit in five at-bats. Jose Valverde closed it down in the bottom of the 10th, striking out the side for a 6-5 Detroit victory.
Coupled with Cleveland's 9-1 loss at Texas, the Tigers stand one game away from their first Central division title, holding a 12 1/2 game lead over both the White Sox and Indians.
|Halladay: 18 wins|
Halladay managed to help the Phillies avoid the ignominy of being swept by the Astros, by far the worst team in the majors, with a 51-98 record. He walked just one and struck out six, boosting his record to 18-5.
Halladay is third in the league in strikeouts (211), wins and ERA (2.34), though he leads Kershaw by one inning atop the NL, with 219 2/3 innings pitched.
The win clinched a playoff spot for the Phillies, which is somewhat meaningless, as they hold an 11 game lead over Atlanta in the division and surely aren't thinking about a wild card with their magic number to clinch the division down to just three.