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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer pitched six strong innings and rookie pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia delivered a three-run triple in a four-run sixth inning on Sunday to help the Detroit Tigers defeat Minnesota 6-1 for their fifth win in six games and hand the Twins their 11th loss in their last 12.

Scherzer set down the first three Twins he faced Sunday after getting the last 22 Cleveland batters he faced in his previous start. His streak of 25 consecutive batters retired ended when he walked the first two Minnesota batters in the second.

Scherzer (7-0) kept Minnesota from scoring after a one-out error loaded the bases and retired seven more in a row before giving up a line single to left to Chris Parmelee with two out in the fourth -- his first hit allowed since Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out in the first inning on May 21 at Cleveland.

Altogether, Scherzer had 10 straight complete hitless innings in the two starts and 11 2/3 before allowing a run.

Scherzer gave up just two runs and five hits in 14 innings in the two starts with 13 strikeouts.

The Twins got their only run when Pedro Florimon doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on a ground single to left by Jamey Carroll.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (3-5) kept Detroit in check through five innings.

He gave up a solo home run to ex-Twin Torii Hunter with one out in the first and a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Prince Fielder that followed a leadoff walk by Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera singled against Pelfrey with one out in the sixth and Victor Martinez singled. Alex Avila broke an 0-for-17 slump with a bloop RBI single into shallow left and Omar Infante drew a walk from Casey Fien.

Lefty Caleb Thielbar was brought in to face Don Kelly, but Garcia batted for him and ripped a 2-2 fastball to deep center near where the left and center field walls join to drive in three runners.

Cabrera's single extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Luke Putkonen relieved Scherzer to begin the seventh and got two outs before lefty Drew Smyly came in to pitch the final 2 1/3.

NOTES: Detroit pitchers entered Sunday leading the Majors in strikeouts with 460, averaging 9.61 per nine innings, and added eight to that total. ... RHP Kyle Gibson, a top Twins prospect pitching for Triple-A Rochester, gave up two hits in eight innings to make it 18 straight scoreless innings for the 2009 first-round draft pick. Gibson is coming back from September 2011 Tommy John surgery. ... The Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates for two games on Monday and Tuesday, then go to Pittsburgh for two interleague games in a quirk of the new schedule forced by having 15 teams in each league. "It's a little strange," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said, "but I get to go back home and sleep in my own bed." He is a resident of Pittsburgh. ... OF Wilkin Ramirez was not in the starting lineup on Sunday but was cleared to play after being shaken up during a collision with LF Josh Willingham on Saturday. "My whole body is sore," Ramirez said. "It feels like a car ran over me." Ramirez made an inning-ending catch in left center to end the sixth but was clipped on the right side of the head and jaw by Willingham's forearm on the play. ... Fielder served as Detroit's DH for the second time this season, but when he batted in the first inning, it marked the 391st straight game in which he had played dating to Sept. 14, 2010. The Tigers' usual DH, Martinez, was the first baseman.
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