The Royals won’t go away. But the Tigers are one inning away from clinching back-to-back American League Central Division championships.
Joaquin Benoit labored through the eighth inning, giving up a run on a two-out single to Jeff Francoeur, who was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double.
Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-5 on the night with three singles and a home run that puts him in sole possession of the home run lead in the American League and in prime position to win baseball’s first triple crown since 1967.
The White Sox have already beaten the Indians in Cleveland, 11-0.