The Tigers' magic number fell to six on Thursday. Their magic seems to be multiplying.
On the first day in two months with the American League Central race in their control, the Tigers took care of business with a 5-4 walk-off win to sweep the Royals out of town and move a game-and-a-half ahead of White Sox, pending the result of Chicago's night game against the Rays.
The fact that the Tigers did it on one of the strangest days they've had at the office this season is secondary.
Doug Fister's nine consecutive strikeouts set an American League record en route to seven of the best innings a Tigers starter has thrown this year. But the ninth inning, after he had exited, left him with a no-decision.