Tigers turn back ChiSox

DETROIT (AP) – Doug Fister and the Detroit Tigers aren’t giving an inch in the AL Central.

Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Detroit has won 10 of 11 – a run that’s enabled the Tigers to stay atop the division despite a similar surge by second-place Cleveland.

“We can’t control anything that other teams do, obviously,” Fister said. “But we’re coming in, playing hard and working together, and I think that’s what’s going to carry us anywhere we go this year.”

The White Sox lost their eighth straight game.

Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.

Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.

Iglesias contributed right away with his new team.

“Baseball is the same,” he said. “Great group – and fun to win today.”

Hector Santiago (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

“That was one of Hector’s best games all year,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He usually has an inning or two in the middle where he gets out of synch, walks a few guys and gives up some runs. That didn’t happen today, and that’s an important step forward for him.”

Fister threw 88 pitches before being replaced by Benoit for the ninth. He won his fourth straight start – and he’s allowed four earned runs in 28 innings over that span.

The Indians lost Friday after eight straight wins, so Detroit now leads the division by three games.

The 23-year-old Iglesias was initially going to play second base Friday, but when Cabrera was pulled before the game, he moved over to third.

Iglesias could soon take over at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, who faces a possible suspension amid the fallout from baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Peralta was in the lineup at shortstop Friday.

Nationals 4, Brewers 1 – Jordan Zimmermann earned his career-high 13th win and Bryce Harper hit a home run.

Dodgers 6, Cubs 2 – Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games before both he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched an 89-year-old club record with their 12th straight road victory.

Ellis doubled and scored in the third before being tossed when he and Mattingly argued a called third strike in the fourth, but the Dodgers still improved to 12-2 since the All-Star break.