Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder's three-run home run led the
Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins to open a three-game
series on Monday.
Andy Dirks hit a solo home run and scored twice while Max Scherzer (3-0) gave
up three runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings for the
Tigers, who have won five of their last six.
Josh Willingham hit a solo home run while Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks each
drove in a run for the Twins, who have lost four of six. Mike Pelfrey (2-3)
gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout over 5 1/3
innings to drop his second straight start.
Trailing by two runs in the sixth, the Tigers took the lead thanks to Fielder.
After Dirks led off with a bunt single, Miguel Cabrera worked a walk and
Fielder followed by crushing the first pitch he saw over the left-center wall
for his sixth home run of the year and a 4-3 lead.
Scherzer struck out the side in the seventh then punched out Brian Dozier to
start the eighth before making way for Drew Smyly, who quickly retired the
next two batters.
Smyly then got the first two outs of the ninth before giving the ball to
Joaquin Benoit, who induced a groundout by Trevor Plouffe to pick up his
second save of the season.
Minnesota went on top in the first on a two-out solo shot from Willingham, and
added a run in the second as a Hicks groundout plated Plouffe, who had singled
and moved to third on a single and wild pitch.
Detroit got on the board in the third as Dirks hit his first home run of the
year, a solo shot to right, but the Twins answered in the fourth on an RBI
double from Arcia for a 3-1 lead.
Minnesota took two of three against Detroit at home to start the season ...
Scherzer moved to 4-2 in 10 career starts against the Twins ... Pelfrey fell
to 1-2 in three career starts versus Detroit.
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