Pinto, Twins edge Tigers in 11 innings

Updated: September 24, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Josmil Pinto plated the game-winning run
with a single to right in the 11th inning, as the Minnesota Twins rallied past
the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.

After Anthony Swarzak (3-2) spun a perfect top of the 11th, Brian Dozier, who
tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth, led off the home half of the
frame with a single before moving to second on a wild pitch.

Pinto then punched a fastball from Luke Putkonen (1-2) through the hole on the
right side of the infield, allowing Dozier to race home for the deciding run.

Dozier and Pinto each finished with two hits for the Twins, who snapped a
four-game losing streak.

Torii Hunter collected three hits, an RBI and a run scored for Detroit, which
could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory.

Minnesota failed to manage much in the early going against Detroit starter
Justin Verlander, who struck out 12 over six scoreless innings.

Hunter staked his starter to a 1-0 lead with an RBI ground-rule double in the
fifth before sparking Detroit’s two-run seventh with a one-out double.

Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to center to score Hunter and after
Prince Fielder singled, Victor Martinez stroked a double into the right-field
corner to plate Cabrera for a 3-0 lead.

The Twins finally broke through against Detroit reliever Jose Veras in the
eighth, as Clete Thomas worked a one-out walk and scored on Eduardo Escobar’s
double to center.

Doumit then entered as a pinch-hitter and stroked a double to right to plate
Escobar and bring the Twins within 3-2.

Joaquin Benoit replaced Veras on the mound and retired Alex Presley and Chris
Herrmann to escape the threat, but Dozier drilled the right-hander’s second
offering of the ninth over the wall in left-center to tie the game at 3-3.

Game Notes

Verlander recorded his third game of 10-plus strikeouts this season and ran
his strikeout total to 207 on the year, marking the fifth straight season the
right-hander eclipsed the 200-strikeout plateau … Martinez extended his
hitting streak to 10 games … Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run
on six hits and three walks over six innings … Minnesota went 2-for-18 with
runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base.