Twins take down Tigers 4-3
Eduardo Nunez singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth as visiting Minnesota rallied to take the rubber match of a three-game set from Detroit.
Danny Santana and Josmil Pinto each singled in a run and Joe Mauer scored the tying run on an error in the three-run eighth to make a winner out of Jared Burton (1-1) in relief. Glen Perkins got the final out of the eighth with the potential tying run on third and retired the side in the ninth for his 10th save.
Joba Chamberlain (1-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on two hits in the eighth inning as the Tigers bullpen wasted six scoreless frames from rookie Robbie Ray. Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer and Miguel Cabrera recorded two hits, an RBI and a run scored as Detroit fell for the third time in four games.
Kinsler doubled leading off the first and scored on Cabrera's sacrifice fly to center, and Austin Jackson's one-out single in the fourth made it 2-0. Kinsler struck again leading off the fifth, lining a 2-1 cutter into the stands in left for his third home run and a 3-0 cushion.
Ray handed it off to Al Alburquerque in the seventh and the right-hander yielded a one-out single before Ian Krol came on and surrendered Santana's single to right that plated Minnesota's first run. Chamberlain took over in the eighth, hit the first batter and walked the second before striking out a pair, but Pinto's single to left scored Brian Dozier and Mauer scored on left fielder Rajai Davis' error in front of Nunez's single to center.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Mauer served as designated hitter for the second straight day and has gone a week without playing in the field due to back spasms. ... Minnesota RHP Casey Fien left in the eighth inning with a right arm contusion. ... Jackson has reached base safely in 19 straight games for the Tigers, who kick off a nine-game road trip at Baltimore on Monday.