DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Tigers last night took down the Twins 4-2 at Minnesota which guaranteed Detroit a wildcard spot in the playoffs while inching the Tigers one win closer to a third straight American League Central crown. One more Tiger victory in their final four games or a loss by the second place Indians locks up the division championship for Detroit. The difference in last night’s outcome was a trio of fourth inning home runs for the Tigers. Victor Martinez and Omar Infante started the decisive frame with solo shots and then after Ramon Santiago lined a 2-out single, Austin Jackson cracked a two-run blast to center to put Detroit up 4-1.
Doug Fister picked up the win for the Tigers after holding Minnesota to two runs while scattering 8 hits with seven strikeouts over 6-and-a-third innings. Bruce Rondon and Joaquin Benoit each struck out the side in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, with Benoit earning his 23rd save of the year while Rondon hadn't pitched since September 2nd because of elbow soreness.
American League Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer starts for Detroit tonight in the rubber game of the 3 game series with the Twins. For a while last night it looked like the Tigers were going to be celebrating at Target Field with Cleveland trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth to the White Sox and the Tribe down to the last out before Jason Giambi slugged a walk-off 2 run pinch hit homer for a 5-4 Indians victory.