Twins Extend Wildcard Lead With Win Over Tigers


With both Texas and the Los Angeles Angels losing again Saturday, the Twins now have a 4½-game lead for the second wild card over those two teams as well as Kansas City. Tonight, the Tigers and Twins continue their four-game series, the last homestand for Detroit this season. "Think everyone has expectations that you'll play well and find a way to win your share".

"I'm disappointed in the way the season went", said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, told Friday he won't return next season. That was also the 31st homer of the year off Santana, who recovered to work the first seven innings and push his season innings total to 206 1/3.

Daniel Norris (4-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Robbie Grossman and Zack Granite each drove in three runs to lead Detroit while Efren Navarro had two hits and two RBI for the Tigers. "He's got kind of an explosive fastball and two good breaking balls".

Detroit scored one run on a wild pitch by Berrios in the fifth and Alex Presley's bloop single to left brought Detroit to within 5-2.

"He got down to his last guy before we were going to make a change and he got us off the field", Molitor said.

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Jorge Polanco greeted Stumpf with a single, and Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar followed with RBI singles for a 4-3 lead.

No shutdown inning: The game opened up from there when the Tigers couldn't keep the Twins off the board in the sixth.

Santana suffered his first loss in almost two months when he allowed two runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings at the New York Yankees on Monday. Additionally, he has 2.3 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 over the 60 innings.

NOTES: 1B Miguel Cabrera was out of the Detroit Tigers' lineup Sunday and an MRI exam disclosed two herniated discs in his troubled lower back. The solo shot went to right, a Farmer fastball that caught too much strike zone and gave the Twins a 1-0 lead.

Twins: OF Max Kepler, who left Saturday's game in the second inning with a left hip injury, said he will be available for Tuesday's game at Cleveland. Kinsler's RBI single in the third put Detroit up 2-1. "He's progressing through the concussion protocol, but he's not been cleared", Ausmus said.