The Tigers scored 17 runs on 16 hits and none of those were home runs. That's pretty remarkable. So is the fact that the Twins hit seven home runs and still lost. It was the first game in MLB history in which a team allowed seven home runs and won, per ESPN Stats and Info.
The Tigers had as much offense as you could possibly expect for having zero home runs. They had a veritable parade of baserunners all day. They drew nine walks, had nine singles six doubles and a triple. They only scored in four different innings, but they packed a big punch in those four frames, getting two runs in the second, eight in the fourth, three in the sixth and four in the ninth.
And they almost blew a 10-run lead.
After the eight-run top of the fourth, the Twins countered with six runs. Yes, there were 14 runs in one inning. The Twins later cut the lead to just one. With a six-run bottom of the eighth from the Twins, the Tigers were clinging to just a 13-12 lead. But then they plated four in the top of the ninth to give the bullpen some breathing room.
The Tigers at one point were 9-24 and that was the worst record in baseball at the time. Since then, however, the Tigers have gone 40-31. Among AL teams, only the Astros, Rays, Red Sox and White Sox have a better record since May 7.