Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) reacts as he scores a run against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning at Comerica Park.(Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Torii Hunter's two-run double and hustle in the seventh inning helped the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-1, tonight at Comerica Park.
Here is the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup for tonight's home game agains the Minnesota Twins (7 p.m., FSD). Right-hander Kevin Correia is scheduled to start for the visitors.
Anibal Sanchez allowed just an earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight on 112 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.
Kevin Correia nearly matched Sanchez pitch for pitch, but gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Trailing 1-0, Bryan Holoday tried to spark a Tigers rally in the seventh with a two-out single to left. Austin Jackson followed with a single up the middle. Then on the seventh pitch of the at bat, Hunter laced a double that split the gap in right-center, scoring both runners.
After Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked, Correia was pulled in favor of lefty Caleb Thielbar. He struck out Prince Fielder, but Strike 3 was a passed ball that went to the backstop. When the catcher, Ryan Doumit went to retrieve the ball and throw to first, not in time to get Fielder, Thielbar did not cover home and Hunter, running on the errant pitch, scored from second.
Victor Martinez followed with an RBI double to the fence in the leftfield corner, scoring Cabrera.
Drew Smyly (5-0) struck out Justin Morneau and Doumit to open the eighth. Jose Veras came in to face Chris Colabello, who grounded out to short.
Cabrera came through with the knockout blow in the eighth. Omar Infante led off with a single off reliever Michael Tonkin. Then with two out, Jackson singled and Hunter reached on an error to load the bases. Cabrera then drove in three with a double down the leftfield line. He now has 123 RBIs.
Veras pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, which included strikeouts of former Tigers Clete Thomas and Wilkin Ramirez.
Jackson had three hits and Hunter, Martinez and Jose Iglesias each had two hits for the Tigers.
Sanchez retired nine straight Twins from the fourth to the seventh, but gave up a two-out walk to Pedro Florimon, who later stole second. Brian Dozier then hit a single up the middle to score Florimon and end Sanchez's night.
Smyly came in and got Chris Herrmann to fly out to left to end the inning.
The Tigers put at least one runner on in each of the first five innings, but Correia (8-10) turned away the Tigers, too. Detroit put the leadoff man on base in the first, fourth and fifth, but was unable to score.
Minnesota got a runner to second with two out in the first and put two on with two away in the second. Sanchez got the inning-ending flyout each time. In the third, Morneua (two hits) hit a two-out double and Doumit walked. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, but Sanchez struck out Colabello. In the fourth, Ramirez (two hits) doubled with two out, but Sanchez struck out Florimon.
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