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Associated Press, Published August 20 2013

Morneau paces Twins past Tigers

DETROIT – Justin Morneau had a season high four hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with two on for the final out to help the Minnesota Twins hold off the Detroit Tigers in a 6-3 win Tuesday night.

Mike Pelfrey (5-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6Xc innings. Jared Burton got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth, and Perkins finished for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Detroit catcher Brayan Pena led off the ninth with a single and appeared to hurt his right leg running to first base before he was replaced by Bryan Holaday. After walking Austin Jackson with two outs, Cabrera came to the plate.

The fans that stuck around rose to their feet only to go home disappointed when the reigning AL MVP swung and missed on a third strike.

Rick Porcello (9-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4Zc innings for Detroit.

The Twins were without All-Star Joe Mauer, who was scratched from his start at first when he experienced dizziness during batting practice.

Minnesota might end the season without Morneau, who can be traded by the end of the month because he cleared waivers. Manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game he would love for Morneau to finish his career with the franchise, adding the decision isn’t up to him.

Gardenhire also said before the game he didn’t plan to put Mauer behind the plate during the series, insisting the decision had nothing to do with Mauer’s mask getting hit by a lot of baseballs when he played catcher Monday against the New York Mets. A couple hours later, Mauer was taken out of the lineup.

The Twins put Morneau, who is in the final year of his contract, on revocable waivers last week and he wasn’t claimed. He was drafted by Minnesota in 1999 and has been a cornerstone of the team for a decade.

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

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

CHrmn rf 3 1 1 0 TrHntr rf 4 1 1 0

Wlngh dh 3 0 0 0 MiCarr 3b 5 0 1 0

Mornea 1b 5 1 4 4 Fielder 1b 4 1 1 2

Doumit c 4 0 1 0 VMrtnz dh 4 0 2 0

WRmrz lf 4 1 1 0 Dirks lf 3 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 1 Infante 2b 4 0 0 0

Thoms cf 4 0 0 0 B.Pena c 4 1 2 0

Flormn ss 3 2 1 1 Holady pr 0 0 0 0

Iglesias ss 3 0 2 0

Totals 35 6 10 6 Totals 36 3 11 3

Minnesota 000 321 000— 6

Detroit 000 101 100— 3

DP—Minnesota 2, Detroit 1. LOB—Minnesota 8, Detroit 9. 2B—Morneau (31), Plouffe (15). 3B—Tor.Hunter (4). HR—Morneau (15), Florimon (8), Fielder (20). S—C.Herrmann.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey W,5-10 6Xc 7 3 3 1 2

Roenicke H,11 Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Burton H,21 1 2 0 0 0 1

Perkins S,29-32 1 1 0 0 1 1

Detroit

Porcello L,9-7 4Zc 7 5 5 2 6

Coke 0 1 0 0 1 0

Bonderman 2Xc 1 1 1 2 2

Alburquerque 1 0 0 0 0 2

B.Rondon 1 1 0 0 0 2

Coke pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

HBP—by Pelfrey (Iglesias). WP—Porcello. PB—Doumit.

T—3:16. A—37,964 (41,255).