Upton, Martinez Homer As Detroit Beats Twins 9-2

By BRIAN HALL/Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Justin Upton and Victor Martinez homered as the Detroit Tigers picked up another win in the AL wild-card chase, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Upton hit a tiebreaking homer off Alex Wimmers (1-3) in the seventh for a 2-1 lead. Jose Iglesias had a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Martinez, who had missed two straight games because of a swollen right knee, pinch hit had a three-homer home run against Pat Light in a six-run ninth.

Anibal Sanchez allowed one run and two hits in five innings in a spot start, and Alex Wilson (4-0), Shane Green and Mark Lowe finished the five-hitter.

Detroit began the day one game behind Baltimore for the AL’s second wild card.

 

 

 

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