Final Score: Detroit 1, Minnesota 0
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Austin Jackson doubled, tripled and scored
the only run of the game as the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central for the
third straight season with a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the finale of
a three-game set from Target Field.
Jackson led off the game with a triple to right-center and scored when Torii
Hunter slapped a single to center.
Detroit mustered six more hits after that but failed to put across any
insurance runs for Max Scherzer (21-3), who was reached for just two hits over
seven strong frames to cap his Cy Young-worthy regular season. Scherzer walked
six but struck out 10 on a season-high 123 pitches.
"For us to be able to do it three straight years now is really special and a
testament to the talent in our clubhouse," Scherzer said.
Jose Veras and Drew Smyly combined to get out of the eighth unscathed before
Joaquin Benoit locked the door in the ninth for his 24th save of the season
and second in this series.
Jim Leyland earned his 700th win as manager of the Tigers, putting him in
elite company. Leyland became the third manager in Detroit history to reach at
least 700 victories, joining Hall-of-Famers Sparky Anderson (1,331) and Hugh
Kevin Correia (9-13) kept Detroit hitters guessing, allowing just the one run
on seven hits over seven innings in defeat. The right-hander was aided by
terrific defense behind him, which included two double-plays, both started by
shortstop Pedro Florimon.
"Kevin had a heck of a year for us. He gave us a chance all year, and stood up
there and went toe-to-toe with those guys today. I tip my cap to him," said
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Minnesota had just three hits overall, none of which left the infield.
The Tigers have a day off before heading to Miami to conclude the regular
season with three games against the Marlins.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher since 1990 with at least 20 wins and three
or fewer losses in a season. He has also gone over 100 pitches in 27 of 32
starts this year ... Detroit has won 20 of its last 28 at Target Field ...
The Tigers finished 11-8 against Minnesota in 2013 ... Brian Dozier and
Florimon each stole a base for the Twins.
09/26 01:49:09 ET
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