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MINNAPOLIS, MN. (Detroit Free Press) -- The Detroit Tigers managed to split a 4-game series against the Minnesota Twins after an embarrassing performance the first two games.

The offense came alive, right-hander Max Scherzer did just enough and the Tigers won 13-4 today at Target Field. The game took more than four hours to complete.

The win moves the Tigers within two games of first place in the AL Central after the Kansas City Royals lost 3-1 to the Texas Rangers in Arlington this afternoon.

The Tigers put together 18 hits and committed no errors. Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Victor Martinez and Rajai Davis each hit 2-run home runs.

Torii Hunter capped the Tigers' scoring with a bases-clearing triple in the 8th inning, scoring Suarez, Alex Avila and Don Kelly.

Scherzer wasn't sharp, but he went five innings to earn his AL-leading 15th win on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Kyle Gibson took the loss for Minnesota.

The beginning of this weekend series was disastrous for the Tigers after they gave up 32 runs in two losses to last-place Minnesota. But they manage to take two of four heading into this week's series against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.

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