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Fister and Peralta Come Through for Detroit Tigers in Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

Fister's Heroics Produced 9Ks, While Peralta Had His First 2-homer Game with Detroit

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COMMENTARY| Since joining the Detroit Tigers, pitcher Doug Fister has been a decently consistent force. He's had his struggles this year, but he's also shown that he's more than just second-fiddle to Justin Verlander -- he's a reliable arm with a worthy arsenal.

That couldn't have been more true Sunday, as Fister helped the Tigers avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. Detroit's "Fist of Fury" punched out nine batters and scattered seven hits through eight innings in the Tigers' 4-1 victory in the final game of the three-date set.

He was powerful. He was crafty. He was Doug Fister, the same pitcher who became one of the hottest in Major League Baseball a year ago due to a stellar late summer. He's had four consecutive solid starts. Throw in one lackluster showing, and he's won four of his past five decisions.

Fister's 5-7 record and 3.77 earned-run average are a bit deceiving. Remember, he's been on the disabled list twice this season. He's had to adjust from those side strains, recover, and get back on-par to the pitcher Tigers followers are used to seeing each game.

Without Fister, the Tigers rotation would lack a potent punch after Verlander, the team's No. 1 threat -- probably MLB's No. 1 threat, come to think of it . Fister has shown his value, beyond a shadow of a doubt, in the Tigers' quest for an American League Central title.

While Fister was a hero Sunday, the Tigers got a boost from a somewhat unlikely hotshot , shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who drove in each of Detroit's four runs by way of the longball at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. His first, a 380-foot shot to left, came in the second inning. The Tigers trailed 1-0, and with a swing of a bat, Peralta gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.

His second, a 414-foot blast to center, gave Detroit a 4-1 lead. Sunday's contest was Peralta's first two-homer game with the Tigers.

Detroit needed guys like Fister and Peralta to show up big Sunday. Fister doing so wasn't a shock. And, really, neither was Peralta. He's been hitting the ball better lately and was due for a little action . But I can't say that I expected him to supply all of the offense. Someone had to, though. Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch were hit-less -- and each of them has the potential to do damage.

The Tigers are now 1.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox, a team the Tigers swept about a week ago.

[MLB standings on Yahoo! Sports]

If Detroit is to regain first, a strong showing against the Boston Red Sox will be needed. Game 1 of the three-game standoff in Boston is Monday.

Adam Biggers has followed Major League Baseball for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Tigers. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.

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