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Verlander helps Tigers beat Cubs, take series

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  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers Thursday during the first inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

      Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers Thursday during the first inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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Justin Verlander pitched eight solid innings for his first win in a month and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Thursday in front of another receptive crowd at Wrigley Field.

Verlander also helped himself with a pair of sacrifices as Detroit capped an encouraging 4-2 interleague road trip to Cincinnati and Chicago. Austin Jackson hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth.

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The combination of Verlander and a picturesque day in Chicago led to a season-high crowd of 42,292 that ran the total for the series to 124,782, setting a Wrigley Field record for a midweek three-game set. Tigers fans made up a good amount of that total, and they cheered everything Verlander did in the finale.

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