The Tigers magic number remains at 2, as Detroit blows a 3-run lead, losing to Minnesota 4-3 in 11 innings.
Down 3-0 in the 8th, the Twins rallied to score 2 runs off Jose Veras; then in the 9th, Minnesota struck for 1 more run against Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit. It was Benoit's 1st blown save of the season.
Tied at 3 in the 11th, Josmil Pinto took a Luke Putkonen offering to right field for a base hit that scored Brian Dozier from 2nd base.
Detroit wasted a solid outing by Justin Verlander, who threw 6 scoreless innings, allowing 6 hits while striking out 12.
The two teams square off again tonight in Minnesota. Doug Fister (13-9) takes the mound against Scott Diamond (6-11).
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