Dozier's home run, his 32nd, came in the ninth.
That walkover? It came later in the evening after a few twists and turns.
With their 81st win the Twins guaranteed just their second non-losing season since 2010 and moved one win shy of matching the biggest one-year improvement in club history.
The pitching matchup today has Jose Berrios (12-8, 3.94 ERA) on the mound for the Twins to face Buck Farmer (4-4, 7.11) of the Tigers.
Rangers at Oakland: Athletics left fielder Khris Davis has five homers in 45 at-bats against the Rangers for the season and 16 homers in 113 at-bats against them for his career. Granite ran for Mauer and Daniel Stumpf (0-1) relieved, allowing three runs and three hits without retiring a batter in his first big league decision.
"And it didn't work out that way this year".
Before Navarro connected, Santana had retired 11 straight and 13 of 14.
Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera left in the second inning with lower back tightness ... Dillon Gee (3-2) was credited with a victory in relief. Robbie Grossman knocked in two RBIs with his single, while Jason Castro grounded out but Byron Buxton scored. 3B Juan Candelario (bruised right knee) is expected to be available Tuesday at Kansas City.
Detroit pitcher Alex Wilson broke a leg in the eighth inning when hit by Joe Mauer's line drive. The ball carried an exit velocity of 103.8 miles per hour and forced Wilson to leave the game with a non-displaced fracuture of his right fibula.
Eddie Rosario singled at the end of an eight-pitch battle with Stumpf - the first of three hits on 3-2 pitches in the inning - that enabled Granite to tie the score.
Eduardo Escobar, slugging.583 in September, then shortened up at least three times, including on a 3-1 slider, before dumping a full-count fastball into short right field for the deciding hit.
Minnesota, which began day with a 4 1/2-game hold on the American League's second wild card spot, is off Monday before starting a three-game series in Cleveland. This time he connected on a three-run home run measuring 356 feet to extend the lead to 10-3.