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DETROIT -- Left-hander Scott Diamond checked Detroit on four hits in six innings Wednesday and Justin Morneau and Chris Parmelee drove in two runs each to pace the Minnesota Twins to a 6-2 victory that snapped the Tigers' five-game winning streak.

Diamond (2-2), whose longest start this season is 6 1/3 innings, held the Tigers hitless until Jhonny Peralta singled to right with one out in the fifth.

Nothing came of that, but Austin Jackson doubled, Torii Hunter singled and Miguel Cabrera doubled -- all with one out -- to trim a three-run Detroit deficit to 3-2. Diamond got Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez on groundouts to end the threat.

Minnesota pounced on hard-throwing reliever Bruce Rondon to break open the game in the seventh.

Aaron Hicks' ninth hit of the season was a triple to right on a 101 mph fastball. He scored when Pedro Florimon grounded another 101 mph pitch up the middle for a single and a 4-2 Twins lead. Rondon walked two batters after getting an out and Morneau greeted southpaw Darin Downs with an RBI single to center.

Parmelee started the eighth with a home run, his second of the season, for a 6-2 Twins' lead.

Anibal Sanchez, who set a Tigers record with 17 strikeouts in his previous start, went to a full count on the first five batters he faced and was staring at a 2-0 deficit before the first inning was over.

Sanchez (3-2) struck out the first two batters he faced, but Josh Willingham then walked, Morneau sliced a double into the left-field corner for the first run and Parmelee drove him in with a slicing single to left.

Florimon singled with one out in the second and scored on a two-out double by Jamey Carroll to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead.

Casey Fien and Jared Burton set Detroit down in order in the seventh and eighth, respectively, but Glen Perkins needed to get Martinez to hit into a double play in the ninth to quiet the Tigers after Cabrera and Fielder opened with singles.

Sanchez struck out nine in seven innings, and when Jose Ortega, brought up earlier in the day, slipped a third strike by Willingham in the ninth, it marked the sixth straight game with double-digit strikeouts for Tigers pitchers. It's the longest such streak in the American League since at least 1916.

NOTES: Minnesota pitchers had allowed just 11 home runs entering the series, tied with Detroit for fewest in the league, but gave up two on Monday and three on Tuesday. ... Left-hander Phil Coke was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Tigers, who brought up Ortega to replace him in the bullpen. The Coke move was retroactive to April 26. Ortega had not given up an earned run in 10 games with Triple-A Toledo, striking out 19 in 14 innings. ... Catcher Joe Mauer was not in Minnesota's starting lineup under manager Ron Gardenhire's plan to give him two days off while just missing one. The Twins are not scheduled to play Thursday. ... Right-fielder Avisail Garcia (right heel bruise) was recalled from his rehab assignment Wednesday by Detroit, which then optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. ... Left-hander Rafael Perez has reportedly told Minnesota he would decline his contract opt-out date of Wednesday and remain with the Twins to continue rehabbing his shoulder. He worked an extended spring training inning on Tuesday and hopes to be able to join Triple-A Rochester later this month.

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