The Tigers were done in by Ryan Doumit and the Twins last night in Minnesota with Detroit losing 4-to-2. The defeat cuts the Tiger’s Central Division lead to one game over the White Sox, who beat the Rays 3-to-1. Doumit came through with a two-run double in the bottom of eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and that followed his two-run homer in the seventh that put the Twins up 2-to-0. Omar Infante tied the game at two in the top of the eighth with a two-run homer. Reliever Brayan Villarreal took the loss to slip to 3-and-5. The bullpen couldn’t back up Drew Smyly’s quality start forDetroit. Smyly, filling in for Max Scherzer, allowed only two hits over the first five and a third innings for the Tigers. His opponent on the mound, Scott Diamond, was also solid for seven-and-a-third innings before leaving after giving up the homer by Infante.
Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers this afternoon with a 4:05 start time at Target Field.
The Cubs set a franchise record with their 57th road loss this season, falling 8-to-3 last night at Arizona.
And Homer Bailey tossed the first Cincinnati Reds no-hitter in 24 years and sealed another non-winning season for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-to-0 win last night.