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DETROIT -- Drew Smyly acknowledged thinking about the possibility of throwing a no-hitter. When Yan Gomes broke up his bid with a two-out double in the fifth, Smyly shifted his focus to simply winning the game to help his team end a skid. Smyly allowed four hits and matched his career high by pitching seven innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Sunday to avoid avoided a four-game sweep. Smyly (6-8) noticed after two innings that he had held the Indians hitless. "If any pitcher says they dont notice it, theyre lying," he said. "You think about it." The left-hander ended up allowing only one run -- on Gomes seventh-inning homer -- walked two and struck out six. "They didnt see a lot of the same pitches back to back," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Joba Chamberlain walked two in the eighth, and Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation. The AL Central-leading Tigers (54-41) stopped a four-game losing streak and increased their lead over Cleveland to 5 1-2 games. "Its huge to come and get the win to end that little streak," Smyly said. "But thats baseball, youre going to go on a lot of hot streaks, youre going to go on some cold streaks and you just try to weather the storm." Josh Tomlin (5-7) allowed four runs, six hits and a walk over 4 1-3 innings. Cleveland (50-48) had reached a season-high three games over .500 by winning four in a row. "It was a great series for us," Tomlin said. "Took three games from them, but I came up short." Detroit gave Smyly some support offensively, scoring two runs in the first and two more on Torii Hunters drive deep into the left-field seats in fourth. Austin Jackson led off the first with a double and scored on Ian Kinslers single. Kinsler came home on Victor Martinezs sacrifice fly. Indians relievers C.C. Lee and Kyle Crockett stranded a total of five runners by combining to strike out the last two batters in the fifth and the sixth. Cleveland manager Terry Francona was pleased with his pitchers performances against Miguel Cabrera, who went 0 for 4, and Victor Martinez, who was 3 of 15 over the four-game series. "Those guys in the middle are pretty special," Francona said. "And, I thought we did a good job against them." Nick Castellanos hit an RBI double for a four-run lead in the eighth inning, taking some pressure off Nathan, who was greeted by the fans with a mix of cheers and boos after giving up a game-losing hit in Saturday nights loss. "I dont think it hurt that he got back out there," Ausmus said. NOTES: Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (8-8, 4.88) is to face Arizona LHP Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.00) when Detroit begins a seven-game trip that continues against the Los Angeles Angels. ... Martinez played first base, giving Cabrera a day of relative rest as a designated hitter, and may play there while Cabrera moves to third for a game or two against the Diamondbacks. ... The Indians will stay on the road, expecting to put called-up LHP T.J. House (1-2, 4.40) on the mound against LHP Kris Johnson (0-1, 5.40) Monday night and called-up RHP Danny Salazar on Tuesday night at Minnesota. ... Detroit and Cleveland optioned the 26th players they had for Saturdays doubleheader, sending RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo and RHP Zach McAllister to Triple-A Columbus. ... Tigers owner Mike Ilitch attended the game on his 85th birthday. ... The Indians had won a season-best five straight on the road. ... Cleveland had won a season-best five straight on the road. Under Armour Clearance Sale . The rookie is rewarding their faith with a stellar first season. 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Stephen Curry 2 Shoes ... as usual. Even with the salary cap being set lower than many general managers expected and hoped for at $69 million and whats considered a shallow pool of top-end players available, this unrestricted-free-agent period figures to follow the familiar script of teams bidding up prices to keep up with each other.The hoodie. The skirting of the rules. The dashing quarterback with the model wife.Oh, and all that winning.Theres no getting around it, the New England Patriots sure are annoying.The team everyone loves to hate just wont go away, claiming a spot in the AFC championship game for the ninth time in the last 14 years — a run that very well could be the most remarkable in NFL history.When the Patriots host Indianapolis on Sunday, essentially everyone outside of that little nook in the top right corner of the United States will be pulling against them.Some of that animosity is natural for any team that wins over and over again. The rest can be traced to the mood set by their hoodie-wearing coach, Bill Belichick, whos about as warm and fuzzy as a honey badger.Any city you go to, the people they dont like are usually New England because theyve been good for so long, Colts punter Pat McAfee said. You want to be the team thats not liked by other teams, because it means youve been good for a long time.Well, lets take a break from the hate and appreciate what the Patriots have accomplished since the opening of the 2001 season, when George W. Bush was just a few months into his first term as president and the horror of 9-11 was still 48 hours away.Fourteen straight winning seasons. Thirteen years with double-digit wins. Twelve playoff appearances. Five AFC championships. Three Super Bowl titles. The only perfect regular season since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule.Those feats would be impressive in any era, but they really stand out against the backdrop of salary caps and free agency.Simply put, the Patriots are the best franchise in all of football, maybe all of sports.Youre just excited for the opportunity to be able to do it, said Tom Brady, taking a break from lording over us that hes married to Gisele Bündchen and can cut his hair any way he likes and still look better than we do. 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The 2008 team went 11-5 (with backup quarterback Matt Cassell running the offence, no less, after Brady went down with a season-ending injury) to become one of only two teams that failed to make the post-season with that many wins.— During its run of winning seasons, the only team to put together a streak even half as long was the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, who ripped off nine straight from 2002-10. The Green Bay Packers, currently on a streak with six in a row and playing Seattle in the NFC title game, are next on the list.Granted, New England is a sneaky bunch, not afraid to bend the rules (or, in the case of Spygate, break them).But the primary reasons for the Patriots success are simple: They draft better than everyone else, they manage their roster better than everyone else, they game-plan better than everyone else, they coach better than everyone else.Colts quarterback Andrew Luck summed up what its like to go against New England.They do a great job of taking away your strengths, he said. They are not going to let you get easy yards, easy first downs, easy points. Every down is a chess match, a battle.Of course, dont expect the joyless Belichick to provide any perspective on what it all means.Right now, I dont really care about any of the other games — last week, last year, 10 years ago, whatever it was, Mr. Grumpy said this week. 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