Gerald Laird’s 13th-inning home run was the difference, as the Detroit Tigers pulled out a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the finale of a three-game series.
Laird’s blast was one of five Tigers home runs, as Don Kelly, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn also went deep. Casper Wells hit his first career homer to tie the contest in the ninth inning for Detroit, which had dropped the first two games of this set.
Wells was batting in the lineup spot of first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who left the game in the sixth inning with left biceps tendinitis.
Jose Valverde (2-3) gave up an unearned run in the 11th inning, but pitched the final three frames to get the win.
Nick Blackburn (8-9), who was scheduled to start Friday for the Twins, gave up Laird’s homer and took the loss.