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MINNEAPOLIS -- Doug Fister was nearly unhittable and Torii Hunter connected on his 300th career home run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on a warm Father's Day in Minneapolis.

Fister held the Twins without a hit until the sixth inning, when Brian Dozier led off with his fourth homer of the season. Prior to that, the only baserunner allowed by Fister was a fourth-inning walk to Ryan Doumit.

Minnesota went three-up, three-down five times against Fister (6-4), who won for the first time since May 14th. The Twins hit several line shots off Fister, but they were right at the Detroit fielders until Dozier went deep into the left-field bleachers.

Dozier had the Twins' only other hit off Fister, a double just inside the left-field foul line with two outs in the eighth. Fister followed Dozier's second hit with a walk to Pedro Florimon and was relieved by Joaquin Benoit, who allowed a run-scoring hit by Clete Thomas before getting out of the jam.

Fister (6-4) struck out seven and walked two. Benoit retired the last four batters he faced for his fourth save in as many chances.

The Tigers got on the board right away when Austin Jackson led off the game with the single and scored on Hunter's home run, which came in the city he called home for the first 11 years of his career.

Jackson followed with a two-run homer of his own in the fourth inning, a long drive into the left field upper deck. Hunter added an insurance run with an RBI double in the ninth.

Both Detroit home runs were off Twins starter PJ Walters, who was otherwise effective in his fifth start since being promoted from Triple-A Rochester on May 25th. Walters (2-2) allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.

NOTES: Outfielder Josh Willingham was given Sunday after getting a cortisone shot in his sore left knee after Saturday's game. The injury is not considered serious and Willingham may be ready to start in the Twins' next game on Tuesday at home against the White Sox. ... Two of Hunter's three home runs this season have come against the Twins. ... In Fister's four previous starts, the Tigers lost all four games and scored a total of four runs. ... Joe Mauer was hitless on Sunday and 1-for-11 in the weekend series against the Tigers. ... The crowd of 39,317 was the second sellout of the season at Target Field, the other coming on Opening Day, also against the Tigers.
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