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Twins tee off on Tigers again in 12-3 win

September 28, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Eduardo Escobar had a homer, four hits and a career-high six RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins ensured that the AL Central race will come down to the very end with a 12-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball on Saturday night.

Detroit entered the night with a one-game lead over second-place Kansas City, but the Tigers fell short of clinching the division. Minnesota scored six runs in the fifth. Escobar and Eric Fryer both hit two-run singles during that big rally, and Escobar added a three-run homer in the eighth.

Rookie Kyle Lobstein allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings for the Tigers.

Ricky Nolasco allowed two runs and five hits, including a solo homer by Detroit’s Nick Castellanos in the second.

Castellanos put the Tigers up 1-0, but Lobstein — the left-hander who has given Detroit an unexpected lift down the stretch — couldn’t hold off the Twins in the fifth. Minnesota hit eight singles that inning.

Brian Dozier hit Robbie Ray’s first pitch over the fence in left field for his 23rd homer of the year, a solo shot that gave Minnesota a 9-2 lead in the eighth.

At Chicago, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox kept Kansas City out of first place in the AL Central with a 5-4 victory over the Royals.

Detroit stayed one game ahead of the Royals entering the final day of the regular season. Kansas City clinched at least a wild card spot on Friday.

Danny Duffy lasted only two innings for the Royals. He allowed four runs, five hits and one walk. The White Sox jumped on him, scoring three runs in the first inning. Abreu capped the rally with his 36th home run.

The Oakland Athletics stalled in their bid to clinch an AL playoff spot, losing to the last-place Texas Rangers 5-4 on home runs by rookie Jake Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos.

Oakland’s lead over Seattle was cut to one game for the second wild-card slot. Almost two hours after the A’s lost, the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 in 11 innings.

At Phoenix, Mark Trumbo homered twice and the Arizona Diamondbacks prevented St. Louis from clinching the NL Central title with a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.

The Cardinals secured at least a tie for the division crown when Pittsburgh lost to Cincinnati earlier Saturday, but they need to win or have the Pirates lose on Sunday to finish alone in first place.

If the Cardinals and Pirates tie, they would meet in a one-game playoff.

Trumbo’s three-run shot off Seth Maness broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Trumbo hit a solo drive in the first as did David Peralta.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ NL Central chances were hurt when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory.

In other games, the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-1, the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Colorado Rockies 6-5 in 12 innings and the Boston Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 10-4 in Derek Jeter’s penultimate game.

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