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

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DETROIT (AP) -

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

The Tigers hold a two-game edge over the Chicago White Sox, who lost to 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.

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