Posted September 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
Ryan Doumit had four RBIs for Minnesota, including the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to help the Twins beat Detroit 4-2 on Friday and keep the Tigers from moving any closer to the AL Central title. The Tigers entered the night with a two-game lead on the Chicago White Sox, who hosted Tampa Bay. Rookie Drew Smyly struck out five over 5 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits in a fill-in start for Max Scherzer, but Brayan Villarreal (3-5) walked three (Joe Mauer was intentional) to load the bases in the eighth before Doumit's one-out hit put the Twins in front. Doumit exploited an error by Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder to start the seventh inning, following with a home run off Phil Coke that made it 2-0. Miguel Cabrera had two hits for the Tigers to raise his league-leading average to .327, but he was thrown out at the plate to end the sixth. Omar Infante's two-run homer after an error spoiled Scott Diamond's shutout in the eighth, tying the...
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