By Dave Hart

Tigers 7, Twins 2– A seven-run seventh inning led the Tigers to their third straight victory, defeating the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

LSJ Logo incertThe Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on solo homers by Joe Mauer in the fifth inning and Miguel Sano in the sixth.

Detroit responded in the seventh inning led by Jose Iglesias with a two-run single, a two-run home run Ian Kinsler and a solo homer from J.D. Martinez.

Victor Martinez added a sacrifice fly for the Tigers while Cameron Maybin added an RBI single.Eye on the D

Detroit’s starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey tossed a no decision, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Kyle Ryan pitched the win for the Tigers, throwing 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

The Tigers are now 18-21 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.

Detroit will look to sweep the Twins with a win on Wednesday afternoon.

Record: 18-21

4th Place in AL Central Division (6.5 games behind Chicago)

4 games behind Texas for last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 128

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 131

Next Game: 05/18/2016 vs Minnesota Twins 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting stats: Ian Kinsler HR (9) 2 RBI (22), J.D. Martinez HR (8) RBI (19), Jose Iglesias 2 RBI (6), Victor Martinez RBI (22), Cameron Maybin RBI (1) SB (2), Miguel Cabrera 3B (1), Justin Upton 2B (10).

Pitching stats: Kyle Ryan W (1-1) 1.2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K, Mike Pelfrey 5.1 IP 7 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 3 K.