By Dave Hart
Tigers 4, Twins 1 – Justin Upton’s three-run homer in the first inning paced the Tigers over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon.
Victor Martinez had a strong game at the plate, hitting two doubles and knocking in a run while Nick Castellanos chipped in with two hits.
The Tigers’ starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann picked up his fifth straight win of the season, allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven batters in seven innings.
Detroit will look to sweep the Twins and win its fifth straight game on Sunday afternoon.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (2.5 games behind Chicago)
Tied for the last playoff spot with Boston
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 140
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 142
Next Game: 05/01/2016 @ Minnesota Twins 2:10 p.m. @ Target Field
Hitting stats: Justin Upton HR (2) 3 RBI (8), Victor Martinez 2 2B (9) RBI (18), Miguel Cabrera 2B (6), Andrew Romine SB (1).
Pitching stats: Jordan Zimmermann W (5-0) 7 IP 6 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 7 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (6) 1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 K.