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Noah Trister / AP baseball writer, Published May 01 2013

Twins snap Detroit's streak with 6-2 victory

DETROIT – Aaron Hicks hit a line drive to the right-field corner and immediately took off around the bases, reaching third to lead off the seventh inning.

That’s what the Twins were envisioning when they put the rookie in the lineup this year, and after a rough first month in the major leagues, Hicks began May in encouraging fashion.

Hicks’ triple started a two-run rally in the seventh, and the Twins went on to beat Detroit 6-2 on Wednesday, snapping the Tigers’ five-game winning streak. Minnesota led 3-2 when Hicks tripled and scored. The former first-round draft pick was 8-for-73 before connecting with Bruce Rondon’s 101-mph fastball for an important hit.

“That was big for me,” Hicks said. “With no outs, that’s important to get more runs on the board, give our pitchers more of a cushion.”

Scott Diamond pitched six solid innings for Minnesota, and the Twins got to Anibal Sanchez early. Sanchez (3-2) was coming off a 17-strikeout performance against Atlanta, and he fanned five in the first two innings against the Twins – but Minnesota scored two runs in the first and another in the second.

Diamond (2-2) didn’t allow a hit until Jhonny Peralta’s single in the fifth.

“They won our division last year, made it to the World Series,” Diamond said. “They’re the team to beat right now. ... I enjoy facing them. I enjoy coming to Detroit and pitching here.”

The Tigers fought back after trailing 3-0, but Rondon allowed two more runs in the seventh to make it 5-2. Chris Parmelee hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Diamond allowed two runs and four hits and was pulled after 88 pitches.

Closer Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for Minnesota in a non-save situation. He allowed singles by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder with nobody out, but Victor Martinez hit into a double play, helping Perkins out of the jam.

Sanchez allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked two. Reliever Jose Ortega struck out two in the ninth, giving the Detroit staff 11 strikeouts for the game. It was the sixth consecutive game for the Tigers with at least 10 strikeouts – the longest streak by an American League team since at least 1921.

Sanchez struck out the first two hitters he faced, but his command was poor early on. He walked Josh Willingham and allowed an RBI double by Justin Morneau. After a walk by Ryan Doumit, Parmelee hit a single to left. Morneau tried to score from second, and although Matt Tuiasosopo’s throw home was a good one, catcher Brayan Pena couldn’t hold onto the ball while trying to make a quick tag.

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 5 0 0 0 AJcksn cf 4 1 1 0

Carroll 3b 4 0 1 1 TrHntr rf 4 1 1 1

Wlngh dh 3 1 0 0 MiCarr 3b 3 0 2 1

Mornea 1b 5 1 2 2 Fielder 1b 3 0 1 0

Doumit c 3 0 1 0 VMrtnz dh 4 0 0 0

Parmel rf 4 1 2 2 Tuiassp lf 2 0 0 0

Arcia lf 4 0 1 0 Dirks ph-lf 2 0 0 0

Hicks cf 4 1 1 0 JhPerlt ss 3 0 1 0

Flormn ss 4 2 2 1 B.Pena c 3 0 0 0

RSantg 2b 3 0 0 0

Totals 36 6 10 6 Totals 31 2 6 2

Minnesota 210 000 210— 6

Detroit 000 002 000— 2

DP—Minnesota 1, Detroit 1. LOB—Minnesota 7, Detroit 4. 2B—Carroll (1), Morneau (6), A.Jackson (5), Mi.Cabrera (7). 3B—Hicks (1). HR—Parmelee (2). SB—Doumit (1), Florimon (2). CS—Jh.Peralta (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond W,2-2 6 4 2 2 1 3

Fien H,2 1 0 0 0 0 1

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 0

Perkins 1 2 0 0 0 1

Detroit

Ani.Sanchez L,3-2 6 5 3 3 2 9

B.Rondon Zc 2 2 2 2 0

D.Downs 1Xc 3 1 1 0 0

Ortega 1 0 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Diamond (Mi.Cabrera).

T—2:54. A—36,028 (41,255).