When Brad Penny allowed four runs in the first inning, we were not worried. Not with the way the Tigers are playing right now. This is the same team which came back from an 8-1 deficit to beat the White Sox in a recent Penny start. Sure enough, they came back again to win 8-4 thanks to a couple of three run rallies.
A three-run homer by Alex Avila in the second cut the deficit to 4-3. They put up another three spot in the fourth thanks to an RBI triple by Wilson Betemit and a two-run blast by Ramon Santiago. Meanwhile, five Tigers relievers - Dan Schlereth, Ryan Perry, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde held the Twins scoreless for eight innings and the Tigers won going away.
After losing to the Twins on August 17th the Tigers were 7 games over .500, were just two games ahead of the second-place Indians and had given up more runs than they had scored for the season. Over the past three weeks the Tigers have gone 17-4 by outscoring opponents 136-80. They have also won seven in a row and, assuming the Indians hold on to beat the White Sox, the Tigers will have a 9 1/2-game lead.
What an amazing run. The Tigers really do seem unbeatable right now.