Polanco's clutch hit helps Tigers beat Twins 8-7

DETROIT – Placido Polanco hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-7 on Sunday.

The AL Central-leading Tigers have won five of seven games to keep their lead over the Chicago White Sox and third-place Twins.

Minnesota has lost seven of nine to trail the Tigers by 5 1/2 games after being behind by just two games before the recent slide.

Brandon Lyon (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney closed the game for his 23rd save in 24 chances.

Matt Guerrier (5-1) took the loss.