By Dave Hart
Twins 8, Tigers 1 – The Minnesota Twins pounded the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Detroit responded in the bottom of the first with its lone run of the game on an RBI single from Miguel Cabrera.
Minnesota scored the final six runs in the contest, scoring three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the ninth.
Minnesota’s starting pitcher Kyle Gibson tossed eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits to pick up the victory.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Matt Boyd took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The Tigers are now 77-67 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the Cleveland Indians. They are now one and a half games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot.
Detroit will look to bounce back with a win in Game 3 of the four-game set on Wednesday night.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (6 games behind first-place Cleveland)
2 games 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: 09/14/2016 vs Minnesota Twins 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera RBI (89), Cameron Maybin 2B (11).
Pitching stats: Matt Boyd L (5-4) 3.2 IP 8 H 7 R 7 ER 1 BB 2 K.