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DETROIT -- Torii Hunter hit a two-run double to spark a four-run, seventh-inning outburst, and Miguel Cabrera added a three-run double as the Detroit Tigers topped the Minnesota Twins 7-1 Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Cabrera was in the lineup despite feeling discomfort in his groin and abdomen while taking a ninth-inning swing Tuesday. The Tigers slugger began Wednesday's game 0-for-3 with an intentional walk before his bases-clearing double, giving him a big-league-leading 123 RBIs.

Austin Jackson rapped three hits and scored two runs. Hunter had two hits and also scored twice, and Victor Martinez added two hits, including an RBI double.

Minnesota's Kevin Correia (8-10) and Detroit's Anibal Sanchez dueled through six scoreless innings before both clubs scored in the seventh to knock out the starters.

Drew Smyly (5-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, striking out two, to pick up the victory. Jose Veras got the last four outs to record his first save with the Tigers.

All but two of Detroit's runs were unearned, as the Twins were charged with two errors and a passed ball.

The Twins broke the scoreless deadlock after Sanchez retired the first two batters in the seventh. Pedro Florimon walked on a 3-2 pitch, stole second and scored on Brian Dozier's single up the middle.

Correia also got the first two outs in the bottom of the inning before Detroit's breakthrough. Bryan Holaday and Jackson singled ahead of Hunter's go-ahead double.

After an intentional walk to Cabrera, Correia was replaced by left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar. Prince Fielder struck out but reached on a passed ball by Ryan Doumit. When Thielbar failed to cover home plate after Doumit threw to first, Hunter scored from second on the play.

Martinez followed that with a double to left, knocking in Cabrera.

NOTES: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the club has not come close to putting Cabrera, who has battled abdominal, hip and leg injuries in recent weeks, on the disabled list. "I don't think it was ever an issue, ever a consideration, as long as he was fine to play," he said. ... Martinez, the Tigers' designated hitter, may catch one of the games this weekend against the New York Mets. Martinez, who missed last season with a knee injury, hasn't played the position since 2011. Leyland is trying to find ways to get Martinez in the lineup at a National League park. ... Twins RHP Samuel Deduno, who has experienced biceps tendinitis in recent days, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he would make his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians on Friday. ... Minnesota LF Oswaldo Arcia was unavailable for the second straight game because of a sore left wrist. He will take swings in the batting cage Thursday, and a determination will be made afterward whether he needs to go on the disabled list. ... Mickey Lolich, the Tigers' 1968 World Series MVP, threw out the first pitch.
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