First baseman Shelley Duncan hit not one, but two two-run homers off Justin Verlander in support of Justin Masterson.

The Indians still lost. It has been that kind of tumble out of AL Central contention for the Tribe.

Former Indian Victor Martinez capped a five-run seventh inning with a grand slam as Detroit rallied to win, 8-6, Wednesday afternoon at misty Progressive Field. Verlander, a lock for the American League Cy Young Award, won his 10th consecutive start to improve to 22-5 with a 2.44 ERA. He is the third Tiger since 1919 to win 10 straight starts.

The Tigers (81-62) followed a three-game home sweep of the White Sox with a three-game road sweep of Cleveland, effectively ending the division race before it really began. The Indians (70-70) are in third place, 9 1/2 games back. The White Sox entered a Wednesday night game against the Twins at 71-69, trailing by 8 1/2.

"They're doing a great job of running away from us," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Jim Leyland's crew.