Former Mariner Doug Fister fell one strikeout short of Tom Seaver's major-league record of 10 in a row and set an American League record in the Tigers' win over Kansas City.

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DETROIT — Doug Fister was breezing along after striking out nine straight batters and setting an American League record.

But the Detroit Tigers nearly wasted Fister’s dazzling streak, blowing a big lead late before beating Kansas City 5-4 Thursday to maintain a slim lead in the AL Central.

Fister fell one strikeout short of Tom Seaver’s major-league record of 10 in a row.

After his ninth consecutive strikeout, Fister had retired 16 straight hitters, but was oblivious to the strikeout record.

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“Honestly, I had no idea,” he said.

“It’s crazy, to go through a whole lineup and strike everybody out,” Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur said. “And I don’t think he threw more than four pitches to any of the batters.”

Dickey gets 20th win

NEW YORK — R.A. Dickey tied his career high with 13 strikeouts in 7-2/3 innings while pitching the Mets to a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh for his 20th victory.

“It’s like a big exhale,” said the 37-year-old Dickey.

The former Mariner had never won more than 11 games in a season and is 61-56 in his big-league career. But this season he perfected a hard knuckleball that he threw up to 78 mph against the Pirates.

He became the first 20-game winner for the pitching-proud Mets since Frank Viola in 1990 and the first knuckleballer to accomplish the feat since Houston’s Joe Niekro in 1980.

Dickey (20-6) joined Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (21-8) as baseball’s first 20-game winners.


• Cleveland fired manager Manny Acta. The Indians collapsed with a 5-24 record in August, the worst month in the franchise’s 112-year history. Acta had a 214-266 record in nearly three seasons as manager.

Bo Porter, the Nationals’ third-base coach, was hired as manager of the Astros for next season. Tony DeFrancesco has been the interim manager since Brad Mills was fired last month.

• The Giants said they won’t bring suspended OF Melky Cabrera back for the postseason. The All-Star Game MVP, batting an NL-leading .346, was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text.

• Pirates OF Travis Snider, who starred at Jackson High School of Mill Creek, climbed a chain-link fence at Citi Field in New York to rob the Mets’ Mike Baxter of a home run. Snider reached more than two feet above the fence for the catch.

• Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is investing in a project to develop the “Field of Dreams” complex in Iowa into a $38 million, 24-field tourist attraction and mecca for youth baseball.

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