Twins Play Spoiler, Beat Tigers
DETROIT -- The Twins rout the Tigers 11-4 last night behind timely hitting and solid bullpen performances.
The Minnesota Twins will not make the playoffs, but they revel in the chance to dash postseason hopes of the division rival Tigers.
The Twins' win puts the Tigers' dreams of winning a division title in doubt as the Kansas City Royals clinched their playoff berth last night.
Detroit currently holds a one game lead over the Royals with two games to go in the 2014 season.
Twins starter Anthony Swarzak lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits but relievers A.J. Achter, Lester Oliveros, and Aaron Thompson combined to give up only one run on three hits over the final 4 2/3 innings.
Oswaldo Arcia gave the Twins an early 3-0 lead, hitting a two-run home run - his 20th of the season - in the first inning.
Brian Dozier added his 22nd home run of the year and finishing the game 3 for 5 with three RBI.
With the win, the Twins improve to 69-91 on the season, last place in the A.L. Central.
The Twins will send Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 5.47 ERA) to the mound for a 6:00 p.m. start.