With six games remaining, they're 4.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, who beat Houston 7-5 on Sunday night, for the second American League wild card.
The Twins infielder belted a three-run homer during the Twins' five-run sixth inning that helped them put the Tigers away 10-4 on Sunday.
Tom Kelly presided over one of the great turnarounds in baseball history in 1991 and this year's Twins matched that 21-game turnaround Friday.
What were we thinking when we thought we had it all figured out?
The Twins righthander didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning,
The Twins, at eight games over .500, match their high-water mark for the season.
Twins complete a four game sweep against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Detroit.
Jose Berrios is on the mound, looking to snap a four start winless streak while leading the Twins to a sweep.
The Twins on Saturday couldn't do much vs. Tigers starter Matt Boyd, but feasted on the bullpen to win their third straight in Detroit and inch closer to a wild-card berth.
Twins righthander Ervin Santana improved to 16-8 on the season
Eduardo Escobar ended up hitting a two-run single as part of an eight-run eighth inning on Saturday.
Max Kepler left Saturday's game after the first inning when he injured his left hip while fielding and throwing a Miguel Carbera single. Twins manager Paul Molitor does not believe the injusy is serious.
Foul balls and flying bats have been potential disasters for decades. Why won't Commissioner Rob Manfred upgrade his nearly two-year old ''recommendation'' of extra netting to a full-fledged demand?
The Twins have casted their net worldwide to find players from Australia to South Africa. But that looks to be changing.
A look back at Saturday night's game.
A weekly look around the AL Central.
Three observations ... and two predictions for the end of the MLB season.
After beating Daniel Norris on Friday, the Twins are 24-23 against lefthanded starters this season. They face another one Saturday in Matthew Boyd - who presents a different challenge. Minnesota counters with Ervin Santana
Behind seven effective innings from Kyle Gibson, the Twins beat Detroit and built their wild-card lead to 3½ games.
Twins manager Paul Molitor has preserved 34-year-old Joe Mauer to the point where he can be in the lineup every day as the Twins attempt to secure a playoff berth.