By Dave Hart

Tigers 4, Twins 2 – The Tigers opened a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins with a comeback win on Monday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when Andrew Romine, who reached on a hit by pitch, scored from first base on a Jose Iglesias double to tie the game at 2-2.

Iglesias scored on the next at bat on a shallow sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a 3-2 advantage.

Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit an insurance run in the eighth inning on a solo home run before closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 41st save of the season.Eye on the D

Kinsler opened the scoring with a leadoff homer in the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Kinsler now has seven leadoff home runs this season, which it tied for first all-time in Detroit history with former Tiger Curtis Granderson.

The Twins responded with two solo homers by Brian Dozier in the third and Kurt Suzuki in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Daniel Norris took a no-decision despite striking out a career-high 11 batters. He pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits.

The Tigers are now 77-66 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the Cleveland Indians. They are now one game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot.


Record: 77-66

2nd Place in AL Central Division (6 games behind first-place Cleveland)

1 game behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 21

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 26

Next Game: 09/13/2016 vs Minnesota Twins 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting stats: Ian Kinsler HR (26) 2 RBI (75), Miguel Cabrera HR (32) RBI (88), Jose Iglesias 2B (21) RBI (29), Victor Martinez 2B (22), Andrew Romine 2B (4).

Pitching stats: Shane Greene W (4-4) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 2 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (41) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 0 K, Daniel Norris 6.1 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 11 K.