CLEVELAND -- Victor Martinez's two-out, two-run double in the 10th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
Detroit won three of four games in the series to pull 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the American League Central race.
With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the 10th, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both drew walks from Cleveland reliever Matt Albers (2-1). Martinez then doubled over the head of center fielder Michael Bourn to score both runners, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
The win went to reliever Drew Smyly (4-0), who escaped a jam in the bottom of the ninth, when Cleveland had a runner at second and no outs. Joaquin Benoit gave up two hits in the bottom of the 10th but struck out Mike Aviles to seal his seventh save.
Both starting pitchers exited with the score 2-2.
Detroit's Max Scherzer, who was unable to improve on his 13-0 record, pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He fanned five and walked three.
Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when two ex-Indians combined to produce a run. With one out, Martinez and Jhonny Peralta belted back-to-back doubles to give the Tigers an early lead.
Cleveland went ahead 2-1 during a rain-interrupted bottom of the second inning. Michael Brantley reached on a one-out bunt single, and he went to second on a single by Aviles. Following a double steal that put runners at second and third, Mark Reynolds struck out for the second out.
With the count 2-2 on Lonnie Chisenhall, the game was interrupted for 20 minutes by rain. When play resumed, Chisenhall hit Scherzer's first pitch into right field for a two-run single.
The Tigers tied it in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Matt Tuiasosopo.
NOTES: 3B Miguel Cabrera had 125 hits in the Tigers' first 87 games. That's the most hits in Detroit's first 87 games since Al Kaline had 129 in 1955. Cabrera went 0-for-3 with two walks Monday. ... Struggling Indians RHP Vinnie Pestano is being moved out of his eighth-inning setup role. Manager Terry Francona said RHPs Joe Smith and Cody Allen would get the bulk of the eighth-inning assignments while Pestano pitches earlier in games. ... Cleveland RHP Zach McAllister pitched a three-inning simulated game Monday afternoon. McAllister, on the disabled list since June 8 with a sprained right middle finger, could be activated shortly after the All-Star break.