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Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 12:53

The red hot Twins had won eight of ten before their pitching was hammered Saturday in a 12-11 defeat at the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers trailed 11-6 after six innings but pulled within one run on Jose Iglesias' two-run home run in the eighth inning off Trevor Hildenberger. They are now 1-54 when trailing after eight innings. Jorge Polanco ran his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to right and scored on a line single to left by Brian Dozier that chased starter Jordan Zimmermann and put Minnesota ahead 7-5. The veteran backstop also doubled in the game and drove in another run with a fielder's choice grounder in the eighth frame.

The Twins stayed fell 4 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central and slipped out of the second AL wild-card spot pending late West Coast games.

The Twins had several chances to add insurance runs in their half of the ninth, but Miguel Sano struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Matt Belisle, who bailed out Hildy by getting the final out of the eighth inning, opened up the the ninth by giving up a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook. The Angels and Mariners are playing each other, so by the end of the night one of them will jump above the Twins.

Miguel Cabrera came out of the game after he singled in the fifth inning, complaining of lower back stiffness. Detroit doesn't have the bullpen to back him up while Berrios has still shown his ability to shut down lineups in recent starts.

While the Tigers gave up on their season a long time ago, they still have talent and power. In the three starts, he's allowed 17 runs and 21 hits in 11 2/3 innings.

Things unraveled spectacularly from there.

One out later, Eddie Rosario waited on a hanging breaking ball on a 3-2 count, and pulverized it, 455 feet into the seats in right-center.

Zimmermann pitched two scoreless innings before allowing five in the third and two in the fourth to fritter away a 5-0 lead.

MARLINS 6, ROCKIES 3: At Miami, Giancarlo Stanton hit his Major League-leading 40th home run for Miami.