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Associated Press, Published June 16 2013

Fister, Hunter power Tigers past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Torii Hunter’s first career home run came with the Minnesota Twins, against Detroit at Tiger Stadium. On Sunday, he reached another career milestone with home run No. 300, this time at Target Field against the Twins as a member of the Tigers.

Hunter added a double and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who beat Minnesota 5-2.

The homer was Hunter’s third this season and his first since hitting No. 299 against the Twins on

May 26.

“It’s special,” Hunter said. “I just wanted one. To get 300 home runs in the major leagues, this is a tough game to play.”

Hunter provided plenty of support for Doug Fister

(6-4), who held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning.

The right-hander didn’t allow a baserunner until walking Ryan Doumit with two outs in the fourth inning, then lost his no-hit bid when Brian Dozier led off the sixth with a homer.

Fister allowed two runs and two hits – both to Dozier – in 7Xc innings. He struck out seven, walked two and won for the first time in his last six starts.

“They hit a lot of balls hard,” Fister said. “Luckily for me it was right at guys.”

Joaquin Benoit pitched the final 1Zc innings, earning his fourth save.

P.J. Walters (2-2) gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in 5Zc innings.

Minnesota tried to rally with two outs in the eighth as Dozier doubled and Pedro Florimon walked to chase Fister after 110 pitches. Clete Thomas followed with an RBI single off Benoit, but Joe Mauer flied out to strand a pair of runners.

Benoit pitched a perfect ninth. Regular Tigers closer Jose Valverde warmed up alongside Benoit in the eighth, though he pitched in a non-save situation on Friday and blew his last save opportunity Wednesday at Kansas City.

“Benoit had a little better repertoire for the hitters that were coming up for the Twins,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “That’s why I decided to stay with him.”

Pressed on the decision, Leyland said he wasn’t going to discuss the closer role, but noted Valverde is still in the ninth-inning mix.

Detroit Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

AJcksn cf 5 2 2 2 Thoms cf 4 0 1 1

TrHntr rf 5 1 2 3 Mauer c 4 0 0 0

MiCarr 3b 4 0 1 0 Doumit dh 3 0 0 0

Fielder dh 4 0 1 0 Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0

VMrtnz 1b 3 0 1 0 Arcia lf 4 0 0 0

JhPerlt ss 3 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0

Dirks lf 4 0 0 0 Parmel rf 3 0 0 0

Infante 2b 4 1 2 0 Dozier 2b 3 2 2 1

Avila c 3 1 2 0 Flormn ss 2 0 0 0

Pena pr-c 0 0 0 0

Totals 35 5 11 5 Totals 30 2 3 2

Detroit 200 200 001— 5

Minnesota 000 001 010— 2

DP—Minnesota 3. LOB—Detroit 7, Minnesota 3. 2B—Tor.Hunter (18), Avila (4), Dozier (5). HR—A.Jackson (3), Tor.Hunter (3), Dozier (4). SB—A.Jackson (6). CS—Jh.Peralta (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Detroit

Fister W,6-4 7Xc 2 2 2 2 7

Benoit S,4-4 1Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Walters L,2-2 5Zc 9 4 4 3 4

Swarzak 1Xc 0 0 0 0 2

Duensing 1Zc 1 1 1 0 2

Roenicke Xc 1 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Duensing (Avila). WP—Roenicke.

T—2:42. A—39,317 (39,021).