BALTIMORE (AP) _ Louis Fite and Gerald Alphin scored third-quarter touchdowns as the Baltimore Stallions finished the regular season with their 10th straight victory, 24-17 Sunday over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Carlos Huerta kicked three field goals for the Southern Division champion Stallions (15-3). Baltimore tied Calgary for the best record in the CFL.

Baltimore will host either Saskatchewan or Winnipeg in the first round of the CFL playoffs Nov. 4.

Hamilton's Earl Winfield caught a pair of touchdown passes from third-string quarterback Mike Kerrigan in the fourth quarter.

The Tiger-Cats (8-10), lost six of their final seven games. They travel to Calgary to meet the Northern Division champion Stampeders on Nov. 4.

Stallions running back Mike Pringle played only during the first two series, but still finished as the CFL's rushing leader for the second consecutive year. He picked up 28 yards on three carries to finish the season with 1,791 yards.

Chris Wright, Baltimore's return specialist, broke the CFL record for return yards with a 15-yard runback of the opening kickoff. Wright broke the mark set in 1991 by Gizmo Williams, then of Edmonton.

Huerta sandwiched two field goals around a 37-yarder by Hamilton's Paul Osbaldison for a 6-3 halftime lead.

But a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives gave Baltimore some breathing room.

Fite capped a 12-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge 6:02 into the period. A little more than five minutes later, Alphin caught a 13-yard pass from Tracy Ham for a 20-3 cushion, more than enough to offset Winfield's fourth-quarter scores.