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But the Tigers did spend a few minutes celebrating Todd Jones' 300th career save.
"Great win for us, good for (Jones), off to Cleveland," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Jones became the 21st pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone and Jair Jurrjens took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in only his fifth major league start, as the Tigers beat the Twins 6-4 on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep.
"We've got a 260-yard approach to win the Open, and we've got to stick it on the green," Jones said, using a golf analogy to describe his team's playoff chase.
The Tigers won their seventh consecutive game against the Twins and pulled within 4½ games of Cleveland in the division. The Indians lost 4-3 to Kansas City earlier in the day.
Detroit is 2½ games behind the New York Yankees, who lead the wild-card race.
"We've got a slugger's chance, and it's great," Jones said.
Leyland started Jurrjens on Sunday so that Kenny Rogers could pitch the opener against the Indians. Jurrjens (3-1) retired 16 of 17 batters -- his one blemish a walk to Brian Buscher -- before giving up two extra-base hits in the sixth.
Jurrjens, who left the clubhouse before reporters had a chance to speak with him, wasn't overpowering but displayed good control and was content to let the Twins swing and harmlessly fly out.
"He pitched very well," Leyland said.
The Curacao-native, who began the season in Double-A Erie, lasted 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk.
"He pretty much shut us down," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He had great location today. He shut us down for a long time."
"Of course I made it interesting," Jones said.
The next inning, Baker made a bad throw to first on a comebacker, allowing Timo Perez to score from first and Ramon Santiago to reach third on the error. Santiago scored on Brandon Inge's ensuing sacrifice bunt to make it 3-0.
"Sometimes that happens, but you have a responsibility to continue to pitch and try to provide a good start and keep the team in the game," Baker said. "It just stinks giving up a leadoff home run."
"We pretty much gave them the ballgame with mistakes early," Gardenhire said.
Baker settled down after the fifth and recorded back-to-back 1-2-3 innings before being pulled for Pat Neshek. Baker lasted seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three.
Minnesota, the reigning AL Central champion, was swept for the eighth time this season.
The Twins scored again in the seventh thanks to back-to-back errors that allowed Cuddyer to score. Buscher made it to second on the play but ran through a stop sign on Chris Heintz's ensuing single and was thrown out at the plate.
Zumaya walked in a run in the eighth to make it 6-3 but struck out Joe Mauer looking to end the threat.
"We had lots of chances and just couldn't come up with the final big hit to get it back in there," Gardenhire said.
|Rookie Jair Jurrjens retires 16 of 17 batters heading into the sixth inning to spark Detroit. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.301|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.340|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.269|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.357|
|Carlos Guillen, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.295|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.282|
|Timo Perez, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.433|
|Brent Clevlen, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.234|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.243|
|2B - Gary Sheffield (20, Baker), Magglio Ordonez (49, Baker), Carlos Guillen (30, Neshek), Timo Perez (7, Neshek)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (22, Baker)|
|SF - Ivan Rodriguez (2)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (3), Brandon Inge (7)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (72), Carlos Guillen (96), Ivan Rodriguez (62), Brandon Inge (66)|
|SB - Curtis Granderson (23, 2nd base off Baker/Heintz), Brandon Inge (9, 2nd base off Baker/Heintz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Timo Perez 1|
|E - Tim Byrdak (2, Throwing), Timo Perez (2, Dropped fly)|
|Jair Jurrjens (W,3-1)||5.1||2||1||1||1||6||0||2.84|
|Tim Byrdak (H,8)||1.2||2||2||1||1||0||0||3.69|
|Joel Zumaya (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.90|
|Todd Jones (S,37)||1||3||1||1||1||1||0||4.33|
|WP - Fernando Rodney (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 90-59, Tim Byrdak 37-21, Fernando Rodney 24-11, Joel Zumaya 10-6, Todd Jones 29-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 1-9, Tim Byrdak 2-4, Fernando Rodney 1-0, Todd Jones 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 19, Tim Byrdak 9, Fernando Rodney 4, Joel Zumaya 2, Todd Jones 7|
|Jason Tyner, LF||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.291|
|Jason Kubel, DH||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.263|
|Torii Hunter, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.290|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||.277|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||1||0||0||1||1||3||.271|
|Brian Buscher, 3B||1||0||0||2||2||0||0||.288|
|Alexi Casilla, PR-2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Chris Heintz, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.234|
|a- Joe Mauer, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.290|
|Luis Rodriguez, 2B-3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Nick Punto, SS||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.205|
|a-struck out for Heintz in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Punto (16, Jurrjens)|
|3B - Jason Tyner (2, Jurrjens), Luis Rodriguez (1, T. Jones)|
|SF - Brian Buscher (1)|
|RBI - Jason Tyner (22), Brian Buscher 2 (7), Nick Punto (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian Buscher (2)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Punto-Morneau, Casilla-Punto-Morneau|
|E - Scott Baker (2, Throwing), Justin Morneau (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Scott Baker (L,9-8)||7||8||4||3||0||3||1||4.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 94-66, Pat Neshek 22-11, Carmen Cali 2-2, Julio DePaula 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 7-11, Carmen Cali 1-0, Julio DePaula 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Baker 29, Pat Neshek 5, Carmen Cali 1, Julio DePaula 3|
|Attendance - 21771|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|