Anibal Sanchez went 6 2/3 innings allowing only one run and Miguel Cabrera picked up his American League-leading 90th run and Jose Veras nailed down his 20th save of the season as Detroit bested Minnesota, 7-1. Four different Tigers had at least two hits in the victory. Minnesota had a batting average of just .182 and a wOBA of .215.
The Twins began the scoring in the top of the seventh when Pedro Florimon came home on a single by Brian Dozier off starter Sanchez. The Tigers went ahead for good in the bottom of the seventh when Torii Hunter hit a double off Kevin Correia to bring in Austin Jackson and Bryan Holaday. Shortly after, Prince Fielder hit a single off reliever Caleb Thielbar to bring in Hunter. The scoring ended after Victor Martinez hit a double off reliever Thielbar, scoring Cabrera to bring the score to 4-1 and knock Thielbar from the ballgame.
Sanchez (11-7) picked up a no-decision after he gave up six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Veras collected the save after 1 1/3 innings of work striking out two and walking no one. Correia (8-10) took the loss after pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks. Jackson had a strong game for the Tigers, going 3 for 5 with two runs. Hunter also had great output, going 2 for 5 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.
The Tigers got even in the home stand 1-1. They will continue the series with the Twins on Thursday at Comerica Park at 1:08 PM EDT.