The Twins realized there probably would be a celebration at Target Field during this series with Detroit. Even without champagne they enjoyed the party a lot more than they expected.
Brian Dozier launched a Joaquin Benoit fastball into the Tigers bullpen to tie the score in the ninth inning Monday night then raced home with the winning run on a Josmil Pinto single in the 11th and the Twins kept Detroit from clinching at least a tie for the American League Central crown with a dramatic 4-3 victory.
“It was good to see them smile” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve been going through some tough times and we needed this.”
The Tigers appeared ready to reduce their magic number to 1 with a victory after holding the Twins to 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position through the first seven innings especially with Justin Verlander at his best. But the Twins rallied from a 3-0 deficit behind a two-run eighth with Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Doumit providing RBI doubles.
And when Dozier ba...