By Dave Hart
Tigers 5, Twins 4 – The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and held on for their third straight victory.
Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes each homered to lead the Tigers offensively.
David Price picked up the win, pitching six and a third innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven.
1st Place in AL Central (.5 game ahead Kansas City)
Magic # to clinch their 5th straight AL Central Division title: 143
Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 140
Next Game: 04/28/2015 @ Minnesota Twins 8:10 p.m. @ Target Field
Hitting Stats: Yoenis Cespedes 2B (6) HR (4) 3 RBI (16), Jose Iglesias 3B (1) HR (1) RBI (3), Hernan Perez SB (1)
Pitching Stats: David Price W (2-1) 6.1 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 7 K, Joakim Soria SV (8) 1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
Lightning 5, Red Wings 2 – The Red Wings failed to close out the series on home ice, and now will have to play a Game 7 on in Tampa.
Tyler Johnson led Tampa Bay with two goals, which included the game winner in the second period.
Tomas Tatar score both of the Red Wings’ goals.
The series will conclude on Wednesday night in game 7, with the winner advancing to the 2nd round to play Montreal.
1st Round series 3-3
Number of wins to win a Stanley Cup championship: 13
Number of wins to win an Eastern Conference title: 9
Next Game: 04/29/2015 Game 7 of 1st Round @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 p.m. @ Amalie Arena
Stats: Tomas Tatar 2 G (2), Pavel Datsyuk A (2), Niklas Kronwall A (2)
Goalie Stats: Petr Mrazek L (3-3) 23 saves on 27 shots