Tigers clinch playoff berth, magic number is 1 to win AL Central

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Updated: September 24, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – A trio of fourth inning home runs inched
Detroit one win closer to a division crown as the Tigers beat the Minnesota
Twins, 4-2, in the second of a three-game set from Target Field.

Victor Martinez led off the decisive frame with a solo shot down the line in
left field. Omar Infante followed with a blast of his own to left and with
two outs and Ramon Santiago occupying first, Austin Jackson cracked a two-run
shot to center for a 4-1 edge.

Scott Diamond (6-12) surrendered all four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings
of work to absorb the loss.

Doug Fister (14-9) took the win after holding Minnesota to two runs while
striking out seven over 6 1/3 frames. Jackson and Torii Hunter each had three
hits for the Tigers, who clinched a playoff berth with the victory.

Detroit could have wrapped up the AL Central with a win and an Indians’ loss,
but Cleveland beat Chicago on a Jason Giambi two-run homer in the ninth
inning. The Tigers’ magic number to win the division is at one with four games
remaining on their schedule.

Chris Parmelee singled home a run in the third inning, spotting the Twins an
early 1-0 lead before Detroit’s power surge tilted things in the Tigers’
favor.

Ryan Doumit started the Twins’ seventh with his 14th home run of the year, a
no-doubter to left field off Fister. Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar then
singled, but Drew Smyly and Al Alburquerque each retired a batter to hold
Detroit’s 4-2 lead.

Bruce Rondon and Joaquin Benoit each struck out the side in the eighth and
ninth innings, respectively, with the latter earning his 23rd save of the
year.

Game Notes

Detroit improved to 10-8 against Minnesota this season … Rondon, who hadn’t
pitched since Sept. 2 with elbow soreness, hit 100 m.p.h. on the radar … The
Twins fell to 4-15 at home since Aug. 16 … Minnesota hit just 1-for-10 with
runners in scoring position… Both teams left seven men on base … American
League Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer will face Kevin Correia in the rubber
match on Wednesday.