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CLEVELAND _ Prince Fielder's two-run double in the top of the 14th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Detroit extended its winning streak to 11 games and its lead to six games over second place Cleveland in the Central Division. The Tigers will go for a sweep of the four-game series on Thursday behind Max Scherzer (16-1).

With the score tied 4-4, Austin Jackson led off the 14th with a double off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-3). Torii Hunter flied out to right, but Jackson advanced to third.

Hernan Perez walked. Marc Rzepczynski relieved Shaw, and Fielder greeted Rzepczynski with a double to left-center field on an 0-2 pitch, scoring Jackson and Perez.

The win went to Jeremy Bonderman (2-3), who pitched three scoreless innings. Joaquin Benoit pitched the bottom of the 14th and gave up an RBI double to Michael Bourn, but then got the third out to pick up his 14th save.

After a dramatic home run by Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Indians tied it in the bottom of the eighth.

Michael Brantley led off the Cleveland eighth with a double into off reliever Drew Smyly. Carlos Santana followed with a double to left field, but Brantley, making sure the ball wasn't caught, was only able to advance to third.

Bruce Rondon relieved Smyly and struck out pinch hitter Ryan Raburn. Yan Gomes grounded out to short, but Brantley scored the tying run.

Cleveland led 3-2 in the top of the eighth when Cabrera, who struck out in each of his first three at bats against rookie starter Danny Salazar, hit a two-out, two-run, 449-foot homer off Salazar to give Detroit a 4-3 lead.

Salazar, in his second major league start, gave up four runs on seven hits, with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 7 2/3 innings. Cabrera's home run was his 33rd, and it raised his RBI total to 102.

Tigers starter Doug Fister was removed from the game after six innings and the Indians broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh on an RBI double by Nick Swisher off Al Alburquerque, giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead.

Trailing 2-1, the Tigers tied it in the sixth inning when Jackson led off by belting a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for his eighth home run.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the only inning in the first five in which Salazar did not retire the side in order. With one out Victor Martinez singled and went to second on a single by Brayan Pena.

Ramon Santiago drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Jose Iglesias then hit a soft single to center field. Martinez scored on the hit, but center fielder Michael Bourn threw out Pena at the plate for the third out.

The Indians scored twice in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. Yan Gomes, in his first career at bat against Fister, blasted a 1-2 pitch into the left field bleachers for his eighth home run of the season. One out later Bourn walked and then rode home on a double off the center field wall by Nick Swisher, giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.

NOTES: The Indians announced that RHP Corey Kluber is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained right middle finger. ... RHP Matt Langwell was optioned to Class AAA Columbus prior to the game to make room on the roster for RHP Danny Salazar, who was recalled from Columbus to start Wednesday's game. ... The Tigers Wednesday released former closer Jose Valverde, who had been pitching at Class AAA Toledo. ... Miguel Cabrera is only the second player in Tigers history to have 100 RBI in six consecutive seasons. The other was Harry Heilmann, who did it in seven straight seasons from 1923-29.
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