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DETROIT -- Chris Herrmann had three hits and two RBIs, including a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning, to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Ryan Doumit blasted a three-run home run for Minnesota, which won the three-game series over the American League Central Division-leading Tigers 2-1.

Casey Fien (3-2) pitched one inning of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Glenn Perkins recorded his 30th save, inducing a double-play ball from Victor Martinez to get out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth.

Austin Jackson blasted a game-tying, three-run homer in the sixth for Detroit. Bryan Holaday hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the third.

Justin Verlander, who had a 9-0 record with a 1.67 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Twins, gave up six runs and 10 hits in seven innings for Detroit.

Herrmann's two-out double off Drew Smyly in the eighth spoiled the Tigers' comeback from a four-run deficit. His fly ball just eluded Jackson's glove in centerfield and brought home Doug Bernier, who drew a one-out walk against Bruce Rondon (1-2).

Jackson's three-run shot highlighted a four-run, sixth-inning rally that tied the game 6-6. Twins starter Andrew Albers retired the first two batters before giving up three consecutive hits, including an RBI single to Holaday. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire replaced Albers with Josh Roenicke, but Jackson hit his second pitch into the left-field stands.

Doumit's two-out homer in the fifth gave the Twins a 5-2 advantage and Brian Dozier's RBI double in the sixth nudged the lead to four runs.

Herrmann knocked in Dozier with his first double in the first inning. Wilkin Ramirez drove in Minnesota's second run in the fourth with a single on a check swing.

Detroit scored twice in the third on Holaday's leadoff homer and Prince Fielder's RBI single.

NOTES: The Tigers return to interleague action this weekend with a three-game series against the New York Mets. Manager Jim Leyland said he could not manage in New York because of the media's thirst for controversy and the fast-paced lifestyle. "I wouldn't be able to handle it," he said. "For two or three days, I love it there but it's too overwhelming for me." ... Minnesota completes a three-game stretch of 27 games in 27 days with a three-game series at Cleveland. ... Catcher Joe Mauer, who was placed on 7-day concussion disabled list late Tuesday, flew back to Minnesota Thursday. The club is hopeful he can return sometime next week. ... Torii Hunter's two-run double in Detroit's 7-1 victory on Wednesday was the first time in the 38-year-old's career he had a go-ahead RBI on a two-out, two-strike count in the seventh inning or later, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
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