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Tigers 9, Twins 3

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DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez blasted three-run home runs, powering the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Cabrera, the Tigers' first baseman, capped a six-run, second-inning outburst with his fifth homer of the season. Designated hitter Martinez homered for the fourth time in six games during the seventh inning and has a team-high eight.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer (5-1) saw his streak of 16 straight shutout innings end in the third on Brian Dozier's three-run homer but still notched the victory. He also allowed a season-high four walks and struck out a season-low six, halting his franchise-record streak of at least seven strikeouts through his first seven starts.

Tigers left fielder Don Kelly had two hits, scored a run and robbed Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki of a home run in the first.

Dozier's nine home runs leads all major-league second baseman. Kyle Gibson (3-3), Minnesota's starter, gave up six runs and lasted just two innings.

Joe Mauer returned to the Twins' lineup after missing the previous five games with back spasms. Mauer, who served as the designated hitter, went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Cabrera's three-run blast highlighted a six-run second when the Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate. Catcher Alex Avila and shortstop Andrew Romine drove in the first two runs with singles. Avila scored on Dozier's throwing error after a fielder's choice and Cabrera followed with his opposite-field shot that landed in the first row above the 365-foot mark.

Dozier cut Detroit's lead in half at 6-3 with his three-run shot to left on an 0-2 pitch.

Martinez gave the Tigers a six-run lead once again with his three-run smash into the right field stands off Michael Tonkin.

NOTES: Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who retired after last season, was honored during a pregame ceremony. "It was a wonderful run," said Leyland, Detroit's manager from 2006-13. "The missing piece was the World Series trophy." ... The Twins are 2-9 over the last 11 games they have faced Detroit RHP Max Scherzer. ... Twins LF Jason Kubel was not in the lineup on Saturday. He started the previous 13 games and hit .167. ... Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez will throw a simulated game in Baltimore on Tuesday. Sanchez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger laceration, is expected to start against the Boston Red Sox next weekend. ... Detroit LF Andy Dirks, who underwent back surgery in March, has resumed light baseball activities. Dirks is on schedule to return to action in June. ... Twins pitchers entered the game with 199 strikeouts, fewest in the majors, while their hitters had fanned 315 times, second-most in the American League.
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