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Associated Press , Published July 04 2012

Cabrera homers twice as Tigers defeat Twins

DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera homered twice and Justin Verlander pitched his fifth complete game to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday night.

In a game delayed two hours and 26 minutes by rain, Cabrera went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and scored three. He was intentionally walked in his other plate appearance as the Tigers ended Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.

Verlander (9-5) made his case for starting in the All-Star game, allowing four hits and a walk on the seventh anniversary of his debut. He struck out seven.

Twins starter Brian Duensing (1-5) pitched well into the fifth, but left the game after being hit on the left ankle by Alex Avila’s sharp grounder. Duensing sustained a bruised left ankle, but X-rays were negative.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first when Prince Fielder’s one-out double scored Ryan Raburn and Cabrera. Detroit, though, wasted scoring chances in the third and fifth innings by hitting into inning-ending double plays.

Meanwhile, the Twins didn’t get a baserunner until Denard Span’s single to lead off the fourth. Chris Parmalee got Minnesota on the scoreboard with a homer off Verlander in the fifth, but Cabrera answered with a 429-foot shot into the shrubs above the center-field fence.

Cabrera added a two-run homer in the seventh off Cole De Vries, who was pressed into service as a reliever even though he is scheduled to start on Saturday in Texas.

NOTES: Span is now hitting .395 (15-38) in his career against Verlander. ... Through three games of the series, Verlander is the only starting pitcher to get through the fifth inning. ... Austin Jackson had three hits and a walk to raise his average to .329. … The Twins sent struggling starting pitcher Nick Blackburn to Triple-A and recalled reliever Casey Fien.

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 0 2 0 AJcksn cf 3 1 3 0

Revere rf 4 0 0 0 Raburn lf 4 1 0 0

Mauer c 4 0 0 0 MiCbr 3b 3 3 3 3

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 Fielder 1b 4 0 1 2

Parmel 1b 3 1 1 1 DYong dh 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0 JhPerlt ss 4 0 1 0

Doumit dh 3 0 0 0 Boesch rf 3 0 1 0

JCarrll ss 2 0 0 0 D.Kelly rf 1 0 0 0

ACasill 2b 3 0 0 0 Avila c 4 0 0 0

RSantg 2b 2 0 0 0

Totals 29 1 4 1 Totals 32 5 10 5

Minnesota 000 010 000— 1

Detroit 200 001 20x— 5

E—De Vries (1). DP—Minnesota 2, Detroit 2. LOB—Minnesota 2, Detroit 6. 2B—Mi.Cabrera (25), Fielder (19). 3B—A.Jackson (4). HR—Parmelee (2), Mi.Cabrera 2 (18).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Duensing L,1-5 4Zc 4 2 2 1 2

Waldrop 1Xc 3 1 1 2 0

De Vries 2 3 2 2 0 1

Detroit

Verlander W,9-5 9 4 1 1 1 7

T—2:33. A—41,023 (41,255).