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Tigers Blow Lead, Lose To Twins 4-3 In 11

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Alex Presley #1 of the Minnesota Twins is safe at second base as Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the fifth inning of the game on September 23, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Alex Presley #1 of the Minnesota Twins is safe at second base as Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the fifth inning of the game on September 23, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI/AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Josmil Pinto hit an RBI single in the 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame 12 strikeouts by Justin Verlander to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday night.

The Tigers led 3-0 in the eighth, but Jose Veras gave up RBI doubles to Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Doumit. Brian Dozier led off the ninth with a tying homer against previously perfect closer Joaquin Benoit.

Dozier opened the 11th with a single off Luke Putkonen (1-2) and advanced on a wild pitch. Pinto punched a single to right field to give manager Ron Gardenhire his 998th career victory.

Verlander gave up six hits and walked three in six shutout innings for the Tigers, whose magic number remained two for clinching the AL Central.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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