DETROIT, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Doug Fister tossed seven shutout innings Sunday and the red-hot Detroit Tigers won their ninth straight game, edging Minnesota 2-1.
Fister (8-13) won his his fourth straight decision, limiting the Twins to three hits while walking a pair and striking out five.
The right-hander improved to 4-0 in his last five starts, throwing 74 of his 108 pitches for strikes as the American League Central-leading Tigers logged their first nine-game winning streak since their World Championship year of 1984.
Joaquin Benoit tossed a scoreless eighth and Jose Valverde notched his 43rd save despite allowing a run in the ninth.
The Tigers got both of their runs in the first on Delmon Young's RBI single and a run-scoring double play grounder from Victor Martinez.
Minnesota's Scott Diamond (1-4) yielded only one earned run on seven hits over six frames.
Jason Kubel knocked in the only run for the Twins, who finished 4-14 against the Tigers this year.