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updated: 9/19/2012 9:42 PM

Cabrera and Verlander help Tigers top Athletics 6-2

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  • The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera smiles Wednesday while being intentionally walked by the Oakland Athletics during the third inning.

      The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera smiles Wednesday while being intentionally walked by the Oakland Athletics during the third inning.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Verlander (15-8) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.

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The Tigers have won two straight over the A's -- and 28 of their last 36 games at home -- in their chase to catch the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

Oakland, clinging to an AL wild-card spot, has dropped three straight and might have had a costly loss on the mound because Brett Anderson (4-2) left the game after two-plus innings with a strained right oblique.

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