DETROIT (Sports Network)—
Alex Avila belted the tie-breaking solo homer in the sixth inning and Doug Fister's first start in a Detroit uniform was a successful one, as the Tigers edged the Texas Rangers, 5-4, at Comerica Park.
Fister (4-12), who was acquired from the Mariners as part of a six-player deal this past weekend, recorded his first victory since May 30. The right-hander, who had lost his previous seven decisions over a 10-start span, allowed eight hits and three runs -- two earned -- over seven innings.
Avila, who had two RBI, has homered in each contest thus far in this three- game series. Ryan Raburn added a homer off Koji Uehara in the eighth inning.
Jose Valverde surrendered a homer to Mike Napoli in the ninth, but settled down to convert his 30th consecutive save to begin the season for the AL Central Division-leading Tigers, who have won three in a row.
Matt Harrison (9-8), who had won his previous three decisions, gave up nine hits over six innings.
Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each had two hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who are in danger of falling out of sole possession of first in the AL West. Their lead is a half-game over the Angels, who play at home against Minnesota tonight.
Napoli homered for a second straight night, going deep to left with one out. David Murphy then grounded out to second base and Yorvit Torrealba struck out swinging.
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