A trio of fourth inning home runs inched Detroit one win closer to a division crown as the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, in the second of a three-game set from Target Field.
Victor Martinez led off the decisive frame with a solo shot down the line in left field. Omar Infante followed with a blast of his own to left and with two outs and Ramon Santiago occupying first, Austin Jackson cracked a two-run shot to center for a 4-1 edge.
Scott Diamond (6-12) surrendered all four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings of work to absorb the loss.
Doug Fister (14-9) took the win after holding Minnesota to two runs while striking out seven over 6 1/3 frames. Jackson and Torii Hunter each had three hits for the Tigers, who clinched a playoff berth with the victory.
Detroit could have wrapped up the AL Central with a win and an Indians' loss, but Cleveland beat Chicago on a Jason Giambi two-run homer in the ninth inning. The Tigers' magic number to win the division is at one with four games remaining on their schedule.
Chris Parmelee singled home a run in the third inning, spotting the Twins an early 1-0 lead before Detroit's power surge tilted things in the Tigers' favor.
Ryan Doumit started the Twins' seventh with his 14th home run of the year, a no-doubter to left field off Fister. Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar then singled, but Drew Smyly and Al Alburquerque each retired a batter to hold Detroit's 4-2 lead.
Bruce Rondon and Joaquin Benoit each struck out the side in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, with the latter earning his 23rd save of the year.