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Dave Campbell / AP Sports Writer, Published September 25 2013

Tigers top Twins, clinch AL Central

MINNEAPOLIS – Max Scherzer earned his 21st win and the Detroit Tigers clinched their third straight AL Central title, beating the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Torii Hunter’s single followed a leadoff triple by Austin Jackson in the first inning, and that was all Scherzer (21-3) and manager Jim Leyland’s Tigers needed to start the party.

Scherzer gave up two singles in seven innings. Jose Veras and Drew Smyly teamed up for the eighth and Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth for his 24th save in 25 tries.

A few dozen Tigers fans in attendance at Target Field cheered from their seats while Miguel Cabrera and his teammates mobbed Benoit in front of the mound after he struck out Josh Willingham to end the game.

The celebration picked up even more in the clubhouse, where the Tigers sprayed bubbly.

Scherzer spun one more solid start for the AL Cy Young Award voters to consider, except for the season-high six walks and 123 pitches. He struck out 10 and lowered his ERA to 2.90, ensuring he’ll finish the season with the most wins in the major leagues. Jordan Zimmermann, the next closest, has 19 for Washington.

Second-place Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox, but the Tigers maintained their 4½-game edge. The Indians control the second AL wild-card spot.

Kevin Correia (9-13) did his best to give the Twins a chance, giving up seven hits and one run over seven innings to finish his first season with the Twins with a 4.18 ERA.

The Twins beat the Tigers in an epic 163rd game to decide the division title in 2009. Now, the Twins are barely a shell of that team while the Tigers have taken off.

The clear favorites to win the Central again after getting swept by San Francisco in last year’s World Series appearance, the Tigers haven’t had a losing month this season.

Detroit Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

AJcksn cf 4 1 2 0 Presley cf 3 0 0 0

TrHntr rf 4 0 2 1 Dozier 2b 3 0 0 0

MiCarr 3b 4 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0

Iglesias ss 0 0 0 0 Thoms pr 0 0 0 0

Fielder 1b 4 0 0 0 Bernier 3b 0 0 0 0

VMrtnz dh 4 0 1 0 Doumit dh 2 0 0 0

Dirks lf 3 0 0 0 Pinto c 3 0 0 0

Infante 2b 3 0 1 0 Parmel 1b 4 0 1 0

Avila c 3 0 1 0 CHrmn rf 3 0 0 0

RSntg ss-3b 3 0 1 0 Mstrnn lf 2 0 0 0

Wlngh ph 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 1 8 1 Totals 28 0 3 0

Detroit 100 000 000— 1

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

DP—Detroit 1, Minnesota 2. LOB—Detroit 4, Minnesota 8. 2B—A.Jackson (31). 3B—A.Jackson (6). SB—Dozier (14), Florimon (15). CS—V.Martinez (2), Florimon (6). S—Mastroianni.

IP H R ER BB SO

Detroit

Scherzer W,21-3 7 2 0 0 6 10

Veras H,9 Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Smyly H,20 Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Benoit S,24-25 1 0 0 0 0 2

Minnesota

Correia L,9-13 7 7 1 1 0 1

Duensing Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Swarzak Xc 1 0 0 0 0

Thielbar Xc 0 0 0 0 1

WP—Scherzer.

T—3:08. A—26,517 (39,021).