By Dave Hart
Twins 6, Tigers 2 – The Minnesota Twins won their first game against the Tigers this season on Tuesday night.
The Twins, who were 0-7 against Detroit heading into tonight’s game, jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a run in the third inning and five in the seventh.
The Tigers responded with two runs in the ninth but failed to complete the comeback.
Victor Martinez knocked in a run with a single while Nick Castellanos hit a sacrifice fly to score a run for Detroit, which totaled six hits on the night.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out 10 batters in six innings.
The Twins were paced by Eduardo Nunez with three RBIs while Brian Dozier homered and knocked in two runs.
The Tigers now 49-45 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. They are three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the final playoff spot.
Detroit will look to win the series against the Twins with a victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (6.5 games behind first-place Cleveland)
3 games behind Toronto for last Wild Card spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 72
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 76
Next Game: 07/20/2016 vs Minnesota Twins 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Victor Martinez RBI (55), Nick Castellanos RBI (52)
Pitching stats: Anibal Sanchez L (5-11) 6 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 10 K.