The Tigers were prepared to wait another day to win the American League Central.

It was the sixth inning in Minneapolis and they led the Twins thanks to a trio of home runs in the fourth inning.

Then Chris Perez took the mound in Cleveland.

Perez promptly allowed a solo home run and then another as he blew the Indians’ lead against the White Sox in the ninth inning.

Suddenly the Tigers were prepared to clinch the division.

But half an inning later Jason Giambi lifted a walk-off two-run home run into the upper deck at Progressive Field to beat Chicago 5-4 and leave the Tigers with at least another day’s wait to clinch the division.

The Tigers did clinch something in Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over the Twins though. They are guaranteed at least a berth in the one-game AL wild-card playoff and a tie for the Central division title.

Propelled by those three home runs in the fourth inning and backed by a solid start from righty Doug Fister and a spotless finish by the bullpen Detroit lowered their magic number to clinch the AL Central to one.

Trailing by a run halfway through Victor Martinez tied the game with his 14th home run of the season on a line drive to left field. The home run was Martinez’s third of September.

Omar Infante followed suite with a line drive home run to left field of his own to take the lead and four batters later Austin Jackson took a trip around the bases after a two-run home run for a lead the Tigers would not relinquish.

The damage came against lefty Scott

Fister beat Diamond pitching six-plus innings of two-run baseball. He allowed eight hits struck out seven and walked one. He improved to 14-10 on the year with the victory.