Fister fans 9 in a row, Tigers stay in first place - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Fister fans 9 in a row, Tigers stay in first place

Posted: Updated:

DETROIT (AP) -- Doug Fister set an AL record by striking out nine straight batters and the Detroit Tigers kept their lead in the Central, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Thursday on Alex Avila's grounder in the ninth inning.

The Tigers began the day with a one-game edge over the Chicago White Sox, who later hosted Tampa Bay.

Fister came within one strikeout of matching Tom Seaver's major league record of 10 in a row. But the Tigers blew a 4-0 lead after seven innings, and Joaquin Benoit (5-3) allowed a solo homer by Billy Butler to tie it in the ninth.

The Royals made five errors, including one that loaded the bases in the ninth. Avila hit a grounder to first baseman Brayan Pena, who made a diving stop and touched the bag, but had no play at home.

Tim Collins (5-4) got the loss.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Accused of Welfare Fraud in Wexford County

    Woman Accused of Welfare Fraud in Wexford County

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:44:49 GMT
    A Manton woman is accused of more than $96,000 in welfare fraud.
    A Manton woman is accused of more than $96,000 in welfare fraud.

  • Flood cleanup begins in Phoenix after heavy storms

    Flood cleanup begins in Phoenix after heavy storms

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:09 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...
    Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and washing away thousands of cactuses at a farm north of Phoenix.
  • Michigan Man Killed in Oregon Shooting

    Michigan Man Killed in Oregon Shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:49:56 GMT
    Police say a Michigan man is dead after a gunman started shooting at an Oregon beach, then turned the weapon on himself. 
    Police say a Michigan man is dead after a gunman started shooting at an Oregon beach, then turned the weapon on himself.