- Associated Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Josmil Pinto was rounding third when he suddenly realized his coach was holding him up.

Then he noticed something else: The throw from the outfield wasn’t heading anywhere near the plate.

So Pinto went home, and the comeback was only beginning for the Minnesota Twins. They scored three more runs the following inning - thanks in part to more poor defense by Detroit - for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

“A great win for us, when you take advantage of a mistake any time you can get one,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in the fourth inning. “Winning two out of three here against this team is good. You take them any way you can get them.”

Eduardo Nunez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth for the Twins, who had a bit of help from Detroit’s outfield in the late innings. Right fielder Torii Hunter threw to the wrong base to allow Pinto to score in the seventh, and an error by Rajai Davis in left was even more costly in the eighth.

The Twins handed the AL Central-leading Tigers only their second series loss of the season.

Detroit left-hander Robbie Ray pitched six scoreless innings in his second big league start and Ian Kinsler homered to put the Tigers up 3-0 in the fifth. The bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Minnesota pinch-hitter Danny Santana hit an RBI single in the seventh, when Pinto ran through a stop sign and scored from second. He may well have been out at the plate, but Hunter tossed the ball quickly to second instead of throwing home.

“When I started running, I felt something in my foot, and I stopped, and then I started running. When I touched third base, I saw (the third base coach) like, ‘Hey,’” said Pinto, pantomiming a stop sign. “And then I turned my head a little bit, and I saw Torii throw the ball to second base.”

So Pinto kept going.

Torii assumed, that with that kind of bloop single, the guy is scoring easy,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “But they held him up and he read Torii’s throw.”

Detroit’s problems were only beginning. In the eighth, Pinto singled to left off Joba Chamberlain (1-2) with runners on first and second. One run scored on the hit, and the ball skipped past Davis for an error that enabled another run to come home and allowed Pinto to reach second.

Nunez followed with his single to make it 4-3.

Jared Burton (1-1) won in relief. Glen Perkins got four outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.

With a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the eighth, Victor Martinez hit a line drive up the middle that hit reliever Casey Fien. The right-hander picked up the ball and threw a one-hopper to first to retire Martinez, then Fein left the game with a bruised right arm.

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