By Dave Hart

Tigers 8, Twins 3 – The Tigers opened their road trip with a win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit was led by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez with three hits apiece.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the second inning before the Twins scored two runs in third to take a 2-1 advantage.

Both teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning before Detroit scored the final six runs in the contest, scoring three in both the sixth and seventh inning.

Victor Martinez and Erick Aybar each homered while Cabrera, Justin Upton and James McCann added a double each.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings.Eye on the D

The Twins were led in a losing effort by Brian Dozier with a home run while Jorge Polanco chipped in with a triple.

The Tigers are now 66-59 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the Cleveland Indians. They are three games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot.

Detroit will look to win its third straight game with a win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

Record: 66-59

2nd Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind first-place Cleveland)

3 games behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 41

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 46

Next Game: 08/24/2016 @ Minnesota Twins 8:10 p.m. @ Target Field

Hitting stats: Erick Aybar HR (3) 2 RBI (28), Victor Martinez HR (23) 2 RBI (73), Cameron Maybin 3 RBI (34), Miguel Cabrera 2B (24), Justin Upton 2B (22), James McCann 2B (5).

Pitching stats: Anibal Sanchez W (7-12) 7 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 0 BB 2 K.