Mike Aviles broke open a scoreless game with a ninth-inning grand slam.
Even though the Tribe ended the season series with Detroit with a 4-15 record, and the road trip with a 1-5 record, they are still in the playoff race.
Cleveland trails Detroit by 7.5 games in the AL Central Division and is 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot.
Rookie Danny Salazar was the unsung hero, matching goose eggs on the scoreboard with Justin Verlander. Salazar threw six shutout innings, and Verlander fired back with seven of his own.
In the final inning, Carlos Santana walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Jose Ramirez. Michael Brantley walked and Asdrubal Cabrera sacrificed the runners forward.
Jason Kubel drew an intentional walk off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit (4-1).
Kubel was replaced by pinch-runner Matt Carson before Aviles launched a 389-foot home run to left field.
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