Andy Dirks’ sixth inning blast off of Twins starter Brian Duensing helped secure an 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins ending a three game losing streak. Dirks’ home run came after entering the game hitting only .172 this season off of left-handed pitchers, with one home run in 29 at-bats. However Dirks went two for three off of Duensing helping secure the win for Detroit.
Early on though it looked like the Tigers were once again ready to give the game away.
After jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, two errors in the third inning contributed to four unearned Twins runs off of Detroit starter Doug Fister to tie the game.
Tigers second baseman Omar Infante helped makeup for his earlier error leading off the seventh with a triple before Miguel Cabrera singled him home. With the RBI, Cabrera became the first player on the season to reach 100 RBIs. Cabrera is also just the third player in Tigers history to notch 100 or more RBIs in five straight seasons.
This wouldn’t be it though for Cabrera has he added an RBI double in the ninth.
Doug Fister was solid yet again going eight strong innings allowing zero earned runs on five hits.
Despite the win the Tigers remain two games back of the Chicago White Sox who were able to edge out the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 from the Rogers Centre.
Ref: MLB.com, Associated Press