Dozier Gets Another Homer in Another Twins Loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Upton and Victor Martinez homered as the Detroit Tigers picked up another win in the AL wild-card chase, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Upton hit a tiebreaking homer off Alex Wimmers (1-3) in the seventh for a 2-1 lead. Jose Iglesias had a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Martinez, who had missed two straight games because of a swollen right knee, pinch hit had a three-homer home run against Pat Light in a six-run ninth.Anibal Sanchez allowed one run and two hits in five innings in a spot start, and Alex Wilson (4-0), Shane Green and Mark Lowe finished the five-hitter.
Detroit began the day one game behind Baltimore for the AL's second wild card.
Brian Dozier blasted his 42nd home run of the season to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest for a Twins player since 1961. His homer set an American League record (40 as a second baseman) and made Dozier just the fourth player in MLB history to hit 40 as a second baseman.